Gov. Gary Herbert says he will oppose any proposal by Arizona officials to impose tolls along a 29-mile stretch of Interstate 15 that passes through the Virgin River Gorge.
Herbert says the Arizona Department of Transportation has told the Federal Highway Administration it wants to participate in a pilot toll program to generate funds to repair bridges along that section of the interstate.
The governor says Arizona cannot pick and choose which parts of the national highway network it wants to maintain. He says Arizona should not make highway users or neighboring states pay because it has been negligent in its I-15 maintenance.
His office says documents released by transportation officials indicate technology could be used to exempt Arizona residents who live near I-15 from the tolls.
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