Lawmakers Push Ahead with I-70 Toll Despite Objections from Mountain Towns

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Denver (AP) two state lawmakers who want to charge a toll on interstate 70 are facing a lot of opposition from mountain communities. The towns are worried that the toll could keep tourists away and create even bigger traffic jams.

Others think it will stop future proposals to add rail service from being considered.

A senate committee will hold a hearing on both of the toll proposals today.

Opponents plan to rally against them outside the capitol and speak against them at the hearing.

Senator Chris Romer and Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany, R-Colorado Springs say right now the state doesn't have enough money to take care of its existing highways, let alone add more lanes to I-70.

Romer wants to use the toll to encourage car pooling and decreasing traffic during peak travel times. McElhany wants to charge a $5 toll each way to raise money to widen the highway.