The General Assembly recently passed HB 6200 to allow tolls to pay for an 8.5-mile extension of Route 11 from Salem to I-95 in Waterford. Viewed through a narrow prism, the bill’s language allows tolls to finance the construction of one road’s extension. But the problem is the bill’s language actually allows for tolls everywhere.
Tolls once punctuated the Connecticut Turnpike, or I-95 and 395, from Greenwich through Killingly. A spate of accidents led the state abolish tolls. In 1983 a truck smashed four cars at the Stratford toll plaza killing 7 and injuring scores more.