Republicans Promoting $5 Toll for I-70

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Denver (AP) Republican legislative leaders say they want to charge a $5 toll on Interstate 70 to pay for widening the highway.

Senate Minority Leader Andy Mcelhany and House Minority Leader Mike May say the toll would apply each way between Floyd Hill on the outskirts of the metro area to the Eisenhower tunnel. People who live in Summit, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties would be exempt. The bill is still being drafted.

Democratic Senator Chris Romer is also working on a proposal to charge a toll on some or all of the lanes along the same stretch of I-70. He hasn't said how much it would be.

But one high country lawmaker says the proposals are premature. Senator Dan Gibbs of Silverthorne says a coalition of groups studying the problem is due to release its findings in May. He says lawmakers promoting their own toll bills may just be quote “looking for headlines.”