WASHINGTON — Members of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation say they been told that the U.S. Transportation Department will decide "very soon" on the state's proposal to turn Interstate 80 into a toll road to raise more money for roads and bridges.
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., says he told Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and other officials in a meeting Tuesday in Washington that the tolls would "effectively reroute prosperity around Pennsylvania."
U.S. Rep. Chris Carney, D-Pa., said the tolls would also be a burden on working families who use the highway. Also at the meeting were Democratic Reps. Kathy Dahlkemper and Paul Kanjorski.
The Federal Highway Administration in September 2008 rejected an earlier tolling proposal by state transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials.
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