Plans reportedly set in Pennsylvania to make I-80 a toll road

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Plans reportedly are set to move forward to make Interstate 80 a toll highway. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and PennDOT are planning to enter into a lease agreement that is expected to be signed by the Turnpike Commission today, Oct. 12, and sent to PennDOT on Monday, Oct. 15, for approval.

The tentative plan — which would charge eight cents a mile for travel along the road — is to combine both I-80 tolls and increased tolls from the Turnpike, according to the newspaper; officials say the tolls would help to generate money for road and bridge repair across the state, as well as fund mass transit in the Pittsburgh area. Officials say the tolls are set to be in place by 2010, the Post-Gazette reported.