Senate kills bill looking at I-80 tolling

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) The bill looking at I-80 tolling failed to receive the necessary votes to pass in the senate. The final vote count was 11-18 with one excused. This vote was after several senators switched their "yes" vote to a "no" vote when they realized it didn't have the votes to move forward.

A draft of the bill passed narrowly during the interim through the joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs committee.

Senator Cheri Steinmetz (R-SD03) voted "no" on the bill. She said, “To the testimony that we heard no tolling authority has ever been approved from the federal government. Everyone has always found different ways to accomplish their goals, so for 1.25 million dollars that’s a lot of money for something that’s probably not going to happen and especially given the budget climate that we have right now.”

The bill would have allowed WYDOT to begin the process of instituting a toll on I-80. There hasn't been a state to complete the application, though others have considered applying.