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Gov. Deal's Hands Tied With Georgia 400 Tolls

Tolls will likely stay in place until 2017.

Renewed calls by groups around metro Atlanta for to keep his campaign promise to on Georgia 400 prompted his office to give a response — which was essentially that his hands are tied.

Governor Deal's spokesperson, Brian Robinson, sat down with 11alive to talk about the reason the promise had to be broken.

"I think people of Georgia know the governor can't break contracts. They know what happened was not his decision and it's not what he would have wanted," Robinson said.

A decision by former Governor Sonny Perdue and other board members of the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) was made just weeks before Deal took office to extend the life of the tolls. An estimated $40 million in bonds was taken out to pay for improvement projects along the corridor. 

The tolls will stay in place because of this decision until 2017 when the bonds are paid off, the SRTA says.

Robinson did say, however, that Deal is trying to remove those tolls as soon as possible.

According to the Peachpass Web site, about 119,000 people use the toll road every weekday. The average weekday revenue collected at the toll plaza on GA 400 is approximately $55,000.00.

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Marc June 28, 2012 at 04:55 PM
So when a politician makes a promise to get elected we should hear " Unless I Change my mind" embedded in his/hers statement.
Jack Gleason June 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
50 cents each way is $119,000 bucks if they're talking about tolls of the same people paying BOTH directions...$55,000 bucks tells me a LOT of people aren't paying the toll...some percentage are paying more than 50 cents...JUST MORE SHELL-GAME : ?
Neil Stapley June 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM
The Governor new full well he could not do jack with the tolls typical politician typical lies says what you want to hear during an election does what he wants when he gets in.

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