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How are states allowed to charge tolls on federal highways?

It’s not state property 

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  • 1 month ago

    They can't. You are confused about who owns what.  

  • MS
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They ARE state property.

  • 1 month ago

    It is state property.  The federal government designates the route numbers and contributes up to 80% of the construction cost, but it does not own the property.  The state does.

  • 1 month ago

    They are state property. Do you see the FBI enforcing the speed limit on the interstates? Sure, the federal government is involved, but the road are maintained and patrolled and under the jurisdiction of the states. The toll part is a little more complicated, but essentially, the fed said that states can charge a toll (they actually have to apply and get permission)

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  • 1 month ago

    Federal law allows it.  The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 specifically called out existing highways which were being brought under Federal control.  Agreements afterwards allowed new toll roads in certain cases. 

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/tollroad.c...

  • 1 month ago

    In many cases, the state put up the money to build the highway, or the money was borrowed with the tolls used to pay off the loans. One recent highway in my state was built 20 years early because of the tolls.

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