Arkansas Polls Drivers for Possible I-40 Toll Lane

Arkansas Polls Drivers for Possible I-40 Toll Lane

Would you be willing to pay cash to drive I-40? The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department wants to know.
WEST MEMPHIS, AR (localmemphis.com) - Would you be willing to pay cash to drive I-40? The Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department wants to know.

"If it would help improve the roads, yeah, why not? I mean as long as they don't get like the gas prices and get too crazy with it," said I-40 driver Tommy Kosloski.

The Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department has posted a survey to see if drivers would be willing to pay to travel through an Arkansas toll lane. The toll lane would expand the I-40 corridor from West Memphis almost to Little Rock. Drivers would pay anywhere from 2-8 dollars.

"I don't think it would work… I just don't. It would put everybody over on 70 to keep from paying the toll and then you'd have 70 covered up," said I-40 driver Douglas Smith.

According to Danny Straessle with the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department, the purpose of the possible toll lane would be to create a third lane in both directions. It would only target a specific vehicle.

"Well when adding this particular type of a toll lane, it could be for trucks only so it would regulate all the truck traffic there, or it could be only for drivers who want to travel a little bit faster route," he said.

Drivers like Holly Hall like that idea. "I drive all the time there and I do see some really bad parking lot style traffic, even in no man's land, so if it could get me there faster, totally yeah."

The online survey for drivers can be taken until May 31st, go to www.ark40.com.

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