State lawmakers may consider Cobb County leaders' request to reopen a $6 billion list of transportation priorities, but sounded hesitant about getting involved.
Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee and others want the legislature to add reversible toll lanes along I-75 and I-575 to that list.
Lee said the toll project was not included on the county's wish list submitted to the state because county leaders thought the project was a done deal.
The state had already spent $58 million and was working with a private company to build the toll lanes. However, work on the project abruptly stopped after the governor said the state needed to study it further.
"When you have a change of condition like that, as is evident there, then that may be in and of itself reason to reopen it, we'll have to wait and see," said House Speaker David Ralston, (R-Blue Ridge.)
However, Ralston said reopening the list of transportation priorities approved in October could "unravel the whole process."
Cobb leaders said the toll lanes are necessary to keep traffic moving during the morning and evening rush hours along I-75 and I-575.
The $6 billion list of projects will be paid for with a one-cent transportation sales tax. Voters will decide on the referendum in July.
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