Gerald Nicely, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, is expected this week to release a study of three projects seen as potential candidates (including Nashville-Hendersonville) for tolls . . . .$453,000 is a significant detail to leave out. It also makes me wonder if taxes or new toll roads are or will be paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars for state conducted study on privatizing our public roads.
"We would have a great deal of educating to do with the public and the Legislature before we would be able to enact a toll," Nicely said.
"Some people say they're already paying gas taxes, so this would be double taxation," he said.
Nicely in May 2006 commissioned a study by the engineering firm Wilbur Smith Associates to look at the feasibility of charging tolls on three potential routes. The study cost $453,000, said Julie Oaks, spokeswoman for TDOT.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
While the Tennessean referred us to a TDOT exploration of toll-road feasibility, it failed to tell us of some of the costs of TDOT's study-commissioning. Leave it instead to the Knoxville News-Sentinel (via Brian A.) to divulge the figures: