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citizens voiced their opinions Monday at a meeting in Maumee about the impact
higher turnpike tolls would have.
proposal includes an increase of 25 cents more for cars on EZ Pass and 50 cents
more for non-EZ cars, $1 for trucks on EZ Pass and $1.25 for non-EZ
trucks. That's an increase each year for the next 10 years.
Executive Director of the Turnpike Commission Rick Hodges says the higher tolls
will help with construction projects and create 65,000 new construction
jobs. He says he doesn't think higher tolls will mean more traffic on
side routes because Ohio tolls will still be lower than most other states, even
in 10 years.
truck drivers and every-day drivers disagree.
just come across Route 20 and not pay it," said trucker Bob
Plantikow. "That's what we'll do. I do that a lot of times
rates are pretty high right now," said Mark Kolanko, who drives the
turnpike for work a lot. "So, I think if they go higher that's a
concern at this point."
Turnpike Commission is hoping to make a decision by July 8.