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Friday, January 11, 2019 11:50 am

Truckers sue Gov. Holcomb about Toll Road fee hikes

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- A group of truck drivers is suing Indiana's governor about a 35 percent fee increase placed on large trucks that use the Indiana Toll Road.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reported the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday challenged the constitutionality of the fee hike and alleges it's discriminatory and excessive. The lawsuit said the truck drivers won't benefit from the hike because the revenue will be used for projects unrelated to the Toll Road.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Eric Holcomb said they don't believe there's a constitutional issue.

Holcomb in September announced the Toll Road operator would increase tolls in exchange for $1 billion for state infrastructure improvements during the next several years. Indiana lawmakers later questioned the governor's tolling decision.

The 157-mile tollway crosses northern Indiana from Chicago to the Ohio state line.