Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has introduced his new plan for statewide tolls, including several in Fairfield County.
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Under the new proposal, tollbooths would be installed on several major highways, interstates, and bridges.
In Fairfield County, Lamont is calling for tolls in Newtown at the Rochambeau Bridge; in Stamford on I-95 near the Metro-North railroad; Westport on I-95 at the Saugatuck River Bridge and in Norwalk on the Merritt Parkway.
Other toll gantries would be installed in West Haven along I-95; in Windsor on I-91 at the Dexter Coffin Bridge; New London on I-95 at the Gold Star Bridge and on bridges on Route 8 south of I-84 along the Naugatuck River.
Earlier this year, Lamont proposed a plan that included upwards of 50 tolls on Connecticut highways, which was widely derided by residents throughout the state. He has since revised the plan, which was introduced this week.
Motorists who use a Connecticut EZ-Pass and a frequent user discount could expect to pay between 50 cents and $1, with a 20 percent discount for drivers with a Connecticut E-ZPass. Trucks and out-of-state drivers will face larger fees.
According to Lamont, the new transportation infrastructure proposal will help limit bottlenecks, make traffic more bearable during morning and evening commutes and will total billions over the next decade.
In total, the tolls are expected to raise about $300 million a year beginning in 2023, and $320 million annually after that.
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