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TOTD: Should Interstates be Turned Into Toll Roads?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/1/2014 Christian Seabaugh
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America's infrastructure is in pretty sorry shape. The Eisenhower interstate system that first broke ground in the 1950s is in desperate need of updates and fixes, and many states -- as well as the federal government -- are finding that the money to keep our roads in good condition just isn't there.

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In an effort to raise money to upgrade the interstate system, the Obama Administration recently proposed that states be allowed to turn free-to-use highways into toll roads. While a handful of states, such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, already have toll roads on the interstate system, the federal government has been largely resistant to the idea until now, maintaining that our national highways be free to use.

For today's Thread of the Day, we want to know where you stand on the issue. Turning our highways into toll roads is one possible way for federal and state governments to raise money to repair roads. Another possibility would be to raise the federal gas tax, which has sat at around $0.18 per gallon since 1993.

How should the federal or state governments pay for road and infrastructure improvements? Sound off with your suggestions in the comment section below.

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