Feds block I-80 tolling plan

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The US Federal Highway Administration has voted to block a plan that would toll the I-80 through Pennsylvania.

According to a Bloomberg report, the decision could open the door for a private bid to lease the state’s existing toll road, the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Governor Edward Rendell is offering the Turnpike for 75 years to a group led by Citigroup Inc. and Barcelona, Spain-based Abertis Infraestructuras SA, which also controls Ontario’s only private toll road, Highway 407 north of Toronto.

The I-80 proposal was rejected because it didn’t meet requirements that toll revenue be used on the highway or connecting thoroughfares, Bloomberg reports.


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