CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Turnpike tolls may soon return to western Massachusetts from Chicopee to the New York State line.
Drivers told 22News that they think reinstating the tolls is a bad idea.
Former Governor William Weld abolished the tolls west of the Ludlow exit in 1996, but now the Massachusetts Department of Transportation hopes to raise ten and a half million dollars per year by reinstating the western Massachusetts tolls.
Drivers 22News spoke with said the state has no right to do this. "I'm really not on board with that. I think they should rip all the toll booths out to tell you the truth," said Steve Sclrich. "They're long overdue. That's why the original bond that was put on the turnpike was paid for a number of years ago."
Paul McDaniel hauls truckloads of cheese down the pike from Wisconsin. He believes higher tolls will affect the price. "We still have to figure that in the load, when you start transporting the load, brings up the price for the load. The people that commute back and forth with the economy, the way it is right now, people are just barely making it."
Lenox State Representative William Pignatelli supports reinstating the tolls. He claims that many drivers using exits one and two in his district come from out of state.
A Department of Transportation spokesman said a plan to bring back the tolls is not yet a done deal.