Raleigh, NC -- If North Carolina ever puts toll booths on an existing interstate, the House still wants to give motorists the option to drive the route for free.
The chamber voted unanimously Thursday for a measure that targets potential tolling on Interstate 95 but would apply to all current interstates.
The bill says the state can't collect tolls on these interstates unless it maintains the same number of non-toll lanes before the tolling.
Rep. Jeff Collins of Rocky Mount is an I-95 toll critic and bill sponsor. He says the bill envisions toll lanes in which users would pay to drive at a higher speed limit than in non-toll lanes.
The bill now goes to the Senate. The state Department of Transportation is holding public hearings seeking comment upgrades to I-95.