HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- The anti-toll movement heading straight for the governor’s office on Thursday.
Just as a vote on the tolls plan is expected possibly next week, the group ‘No Tolls CT’ delivered a petition with 100,000 signatures to Gov. Ned Lamont at 11 a.m.
Lawmakers are under pressure to fix the state’s transportation infrastructure, and Democrats are adamant that tolls are the answer.
However, the anti-toll movement is firing back, with a petition that argues taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay to drive to work.
A report by the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century claims the state should focus on the economic impact of highway improvements.
"They see the fact that transportation is really holding back economic development, that you look at I-95 between Bridgeport and Stamford, who in their right mind drives that,” said Bob Guenther, executive director of CT21.
After the petition was delivered, an anti-toll rally was held on the steps of the State Capitol.
"I don't think any other petition has gotten that many signatures. Our goal now is to make sure governor and lawmakers in this building understand taxpayers have had enough," said Patrick Sasser, No Tolls CT.
The Connecticut Construction Association says tolls are a long-term solution, which puts some of the burden on out of state drivers.
"My question for those against tolls is what is your plan five years from now. Where do you really think the money is going to come from," said Don Shubert, CT Construction Association.
Numbers released last month showed that drives between the state's largest cities could cost drivers between $1.28 and $1.80 per trip.
Gov. Lamont has been saying he will release an updated toll plan, but it will still include 50 gantries on all major highways like I-91.