Ride across Neuse River to remain free

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 08:42 AM.

There were several bills introduced on the matter, including one to do away with all tolls on the coastal system and another to toll each of the state’s seven ferries.

The compromise is now in the budget, and Piner said it was a relief.

“It is most encouraging that it is a battle we will not have to fight again next year,” he said.

He said that even after the moratorium in 2012, toll opponents knew the work was not complete.

According to Senate Bill 402, the Department of Transportation will have public hearings before March of next year to offer tolling information to local transportation planning organizations. The TPOs could then request a toll.

Pamlico County hired lobbyists and passed a number of resolutions opposing the tolls. Havelock also passed a resolution opposing the tolls on the Cherry Branch route, which serves a number of commuters who work at Cherry Point.

Pamlico County Manager Tim Buck said he was cautiously optimistic, since the legislation is not finalized. But, he added that the change of fortune was the result of hard work by coastal residents.



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