Updated: Monday, 25 Feb 2013, 6:20 PM EST
Published : Monday, 25 Feb 2013, 6:24 AM EST
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are hearing mixed opinions about the latest legislative proposals to reinstitute highways tolls.
Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi told members of the General Assembly's Transportation Committee Monday the state needs to find a way to generate revenue to help fix the state's roads and bridges.
Rep. Tony Guerrera, the committee's co-chairman, agreed the state cannot rely on gas tax revenues given the improved gas mileage of cars.
Several bills are under consideration establishing electronic tolls along Connecticut's borders and on Route 11 in southeastern Connecticut.
Connecticut eliminated its highway tolls in 1985 after a tractor-trailer crash at a Stratford toll booth killed seven people.
Cindy Penkoff of Trumbull lost two family members. She opposes the bills, questioning whether the revenues would actually be spent improving transportation infrastructure.