Why are there tolls on Interstate 80?


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Tolls are collected on I-80 to repair and maintain the highway without raising taxes. Revenue from tolling stations also repays the bondholders that funded the original construction of the highway.

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Interstate 80 runs across the United States from downtown San Francisco, California, to Teaneck, New Jersey, and it is a toll road from near Chicago, Illinois to the Youngstown, Ohio area. Toll revenue goes to the respective toll authorities for Illinois and Ohio, who use the money for the administration, repairs and maintenance of the highway. Upgrades such as the installation of new toll booths or widening of lanes is also funded by toll booth revenue.

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