DOT Study: A New Indiana Toll Road Wouldn’t Look Like the Old One

An INDOT study of tolls on I-65, 70 and the Borman Expressway portion of I-94 envisions open-road tolling, where cameras and electronic sensors lock in on either your license plate or a chip on your windshield to identify and bill you. INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness says it’s more convenient for drivers not to have to line up every few miles to pay their tolls.

The discussion is hypothetical for the foreseeable future. McGuinness says planning and building a toll road would take five years before the first toll is collected, and Governor Holcomb has declared he won’t pursue the idea. But legislators ordered INDOT to study how tolling might work, and Holcomb says the resulting analysis will serve as a “how-to manual” for future governors considering tolls.