Tolls Hurt Local and Rural Communities

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:

  • A 2013 Economic Assessment of I-95 in North Carolina predicted that tolls would divert up to 36% of traffic to alternate routes, contributing to delays, traffic accidents, and wear and tear on smaller secondary roads that were not built to handle high traffic levels.

  • The same study estimated that between 2014 and 2050 diversion from tolls on I-95 would cost approximately $1.1 billion dollars in revenue to businesses within a mile of the I-95 corridor.

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.