Proposed tolls on Connecticut highways could impact western Mass. residents

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After more than three decades, tolls could be re-introduced along some Connecticut highways. Connecticut is currently one of the only states that does not charge drivers to use their highways. But Governor Ned Lamont said tolls could be added to highways in the state, including I-91.  

One person told 22News she thinks that drivers may use secondary roads like Route 5 in Longmeadow to avoid tolls.  

“People don’t want to pay the tolls,” said Arielle Fugere of Springfield. “It’s the same way with the Mass Pike. People try to take every way around it, so they don’t have to pay. Unfortunately, that’s going to make our side streets more congested than they already are.” 

Another person who drives from Connecticut into Massachusetts every day for work told 22News he would consider taking back roads rather than paying the tolls.  

“Just to avoid the tolls and the traffic,” said Orlando Barrato of Hartford. “There’s already traffic with no tolls. Imagine it with the tolls.” 

Governor Lamont believes a toll program would significantly improve the state’s economy, to the tune of $800 million per year. 

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