JACKSON, Miss. – Toll booths could be in the future for Mississippi interstates. The state would have the option to set those up if a new proposal by the Obama administration, putting an end to a 60-year ban on interstate tolls, gets through Congress. Southern Mississippi Transpiration Commissioner Tom King thinks adding interstate tolls would be another helpful tool to for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).
“Interstates are very crowded, right now all of them, i-10, i-20, i-59, it would add mobility and safety, but I would only be for the tolls if it was at the state line, like if it started at Alabama or started in Louisiana,” said King.
The money for the national highway trust fund is running low. Supporters believe tolls would be one way to get that money back quickly.