Spinning our Wheels

Spinning our Wheels is a commuting blog about the challenges of getting around Atlanta by car, bus, MARTA, bicycles and on foot written by transportation reporter David Wickert

Stripped of language allowing permanent highway tolls, bill clears the Senate

The Senate Thursday approved a bill that will make it easier to create public-private partnerships for transportation construction projects – but would not allow the state to maintain tolls on Georgia highways indefinitely.

As originally written, Senate Bill 183 would have allowed the State Road and Tollway Authority to collect tolls on certain highways indefinitely. However, a House of Representatives committee stripped that provision from the bill after a public outcry.

As it passed the Legislature, the bill makes it easier for SRTA to issue bonds and take other steps to encourage private investment in public road projects. The Senate approved the measure by a vote of 50 to 3. It now awaits the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal.

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David Wickert covers transportation issues for the Enterprise team. He joined the AJC in 2010 and has also covered local government in Gwinnett and Fulton counties.