The latest pricing numbers are in for Governor Lamont‘s toll proposal for Connecticut, and News 8 breaks down the costs to see how much drivers will be paying.
The D.O.T. Commissioner stated that it would cost about four cents per mile with gantries being installed every six miles on interstates 95, 91, 85, and Route 15.
So let’s break down the numbers – if you’re charged four cents for every mile you drive, it would cost about $1.50 to go from Hartford to New Haven.
Closer to $2 heading from New Haven to Greenwich, or in the opposite direction New Haven to New London.
If you’re traveling from Hartford towards the Massachusetts line, it would cost you an extra 80 cents to get to Enfield.
If the tolls go in, you can still pay a price, even while sitting at home. Some businesses say your services and products will cost more.
John Tornatore at Gordon Bonetti Florist in Wethersfield is preparing Thursday’s deliveries, deliveries that will not have to go through toll gantries now, but he has 4 vans that drive to 18 different towns, seven days a week. That’s about 500 miles a day, more that 3,000 miles a week, and Tornatore says that adds up.
“In the course of a week you’re talking about adding on an expense of that about $120 maybe a little more, in the new tax in the state of Connecticut, and we are going to end up charging the customers for that tax because that is not something we can absorb.”
Tornatore also has employees from all over the state from Coventry to Middletown to Wallingford. He says if tolls go through, they all just got a pay cut.
“All of them will have to pay to come into work work and pay to go home,. We figured out that Coventry will have to pay $2.25 every day to come in and to go home $4.50 a day to come to work.”
One concern, he says lawmakers have been down this road before with the gas tax and other taxes, and the money hasn’t gone to improve safety on the roads or bridges. He doesn’t believe it will happen this time as well.