SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - After more than 15 years, Western Massachusetts may soon have tolls on the MassPike . It's a change that transportation officials say is necessary.
Tim Brennan, Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission said, "We are in dire need. That's what the transportation finance commission actually said back in 2007, we're now 2013. So the situation has not improved with aging."
The western part of the state needs $1.2 billion and Interstate 91 alone is estimated to cost more than $400 million.
Exits 1-6 have been toll free since the mid-1990s to help relieve costs for residents in the Western Part of the state during the Big Dig.
Now a conference committee is drafting a final version to go to the Governor that would make changes to raise money for infrastructure. It's not sitting well with everyone.
Sam Bricault said, "I travel a lot, everywhere on the Masspike it's so much easier. To pay that little extra I'd probably second guess where I'm going."
It's expected the tolls would go to pay for projects only in Western Massachusetts.
This is something that people like Marci Dineen of Warren understands, "It's a necessary evil. You've got to do what you've got to do. We've got to get the money from somewhere we need bridges and roads, I'd pay it."