- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Lowcountry lawmaker is suggesting tolls be used to pay to finish building Interstate 526 through Charleston’s western suburbs.

Local media outlets report that Charleston Republican Rep. Chip Limehouse has written state Transportation Commission Chairman Mike Wooten asking that tolls be considered.

While the state Infrastructure Bank has put aside $420 million for the project, the cost of the work is now estimated at about $725 million. Limehouse suggests tolls could be used for the shortfall.

Wooten says the commission meets Thursday and will likely get legal advice on the issue. But he says it’s not clear the federal government would approve the idea.

There are only two toll roads in the state - one in Greenville County and one on Hilton Head Island.



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