Editor’s note: $19.20 to drive across North Carolina and gas is more than $3.50 a gallon! This will push more people to trains, buses and airplanes OR onto alternate routes.
Plans to charge a toll on Interstate 95 in North Carolina will make it more difficult for businesses to quickly and cheaply ship goods up and down the East Coast’s chief thoroughfare, critics say.
North Carolina, Virginia and Missouri all are considering tolls as a way to pay for expanding and upgrading interstates. Supporters say drivers from other states will pay much of the costs.
But like most highways, I-95 is itself a hub of businesses drawn to the asphalt link to markets from Maine to Florida.
Food Lion, Wal-Mart, and Lowe’s are some of the companies with North Carolina distribution centers, each employing hundreds of workers, near the highway. The world’s largest hog slaughterhouse operated by Smithfield Foods and one of the nation’s largest food-service distributors for restaurant chains built near the interstate.