Report says tolls an option to rebuild I-80 in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new state report says charging tolls is an option to rebuild and widen Interstate 80 across Iowa.

Imposing tolls would require approval from the Iowa Legislature and federal authorities.

The Iowa Department of Transportation report says federal and state highway funds can't meet all of the state's highway needs. It says the study "has determined that tolling is a financially feasible implementation option."

The report says there would be 11 tolling stations across the state and the toll would be 8 cents a mile for autos and 24 cents a mile for trucks.

The money would be used to widen and rebuild a nearly 250-mile (402 kilometer) stretch across rural Iowa from 2022 through 2026.

Iowa DOT said tolls are not something they're considering at this time. "A study is one thing, but when we look at the big picture and all the considerations that includes, the DOT does not intend to pursue tolling at this time," Iowa DOT said Monday in a tweet.