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Execs praise I-80 decision

Tolls would have driven up costs and made it hard to attract companies.

When the Federal Highway Administration announced Thursday that Pennsylvania’s request to convert 311 miles of Interstate 80 into a toll road had been rejected, logistics companies and at least one economic development official rejoiced.

Thousands of trucks travel the east-west thoroughfare that spans the state from the Poconos to the western Ohio border daily. Local companies including Kane is Able in Scranton, Romark Logistics and Central Air Freight, of Hazleton, and Calex Logistics in Yatesville frequently use the road.

Some investigated alternate routes which would congest local roads in towns along the interstate corridor. Others looked at heading north to New York state or south to Interstate78 in central Pennsylvania to get goods into and out of the state. Others wrote letters, contacted elected leaders and urged their state trucking association to fight the proposal.  More from The Times Leader

But, Wyoming is still considering putting tolls on I80 across that state.


September 13, 2008 - Posted by | trucking | , ,

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