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Transportation officials drop plan to build toll bridge spanning Tennessee River in Decatur


DECATUR, Alabama — A proposal to build a toll bridge spanning the Tennessee River in Decatur has been scrapped by the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Department spokesman Tony Harris tells the Decatur Daily ( ) the department determined that the project was not feasible. The plan called for the widening of Alabama 20 north and the anticipated cost of the bridge was $444 million.

The proposal to turn the highway into a toll road garnered criticism from some Decatur city officials who said taxpayers who helped fund the road's initial construction shouldn't have to pay tolls to cross the river after the project's completion.

Proposed tolls were $2 each way for passenger vehicles and $6 for commercial trucks.

Information from: The Decatur Daily,

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