Local Indiana communities will be forced to deal with the consequences of traffic diversion created by tolls. Local roads deteriorate when they must accommodate traffic volumes that they were not built to handle. When these roads need to be fixed, it is the local communities that must pay. The facts are clear:
Traffic diversion creates congestion on the local and secondary roads near toll facilities. This congestion delays response times for emergency personnel who rely on these secondary routes to quickly get to and from accidents and emergencies. Rather than embrace tolling, the Indiana General Assembly must acknowledge the trickle-down impact traffic diversion has on families, motorists, businesses and local governments.