FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Thousands of people cruise through North Carolina every day using Interstate 95, just like Clark Robins of Richmond, Virginia.
“I’m headed ultimately to Florida,” Robins said.
Some people only make a quick pit stop, after dealing with the headache of road construction on I-95.
“Looks like they’ve been working on these roads here for as long as I can remember,” Robins said.
North Carolina State Senator Tom McInnis (R) is considering proposing a bill that could turn I-95 into a toll turnpike. Fees would cover updates to the entire stretch of I-95 from South Carolina to Virginia, as well as regular maintenance.
“That’s something I wouldn’t enjoy. But I think if it’s necessary it’s necessary,” Robins said. “The money got to come from somewhere.”
The state is already investing more than $1 billion into expanding I-95 into 8 lanes between Benson and Lumberton, North Carolina. Most of the funding comes from state fuel taxes. Those state taxes increased this year from 38.5 cents to 40.5.
“We are already paying for the roads with our taxes: gas taxes, federal taxes, you name it,” David Michael, a motorist from Florida said.
This 2016 North Carolina Department of Transportation study shows the state could have collected tens of millions of dollars by 2022 if tolls were on I-95.
“If there were tolls on 95 would you still travel? Oh, that wouldn’t change any of my coming and going. No sir,” Robins told CBS 17.
“If they put them in here, I probably won’t come up this way,” Michael added.
McInnis was not available for comment on this story. We were told he was attending a funeral.