CHAPTER 239
TOLLS

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Secs. 13a-154 to 13a-156. Tolls on Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways. Registration markers, coupons, tickets and tokens; fees. Toll plates for certain disabled veterans. Toll plates for certain handicapped drivers. Tolls and charges on expressways.
Sec. 13a-157. Bulkeley Bridge and Founders Bridge to be toll-free. Removal of tolls on the Bissell Bridge, Charter Oak Bridge and Putnam Bridge.
Secs. 13a-158 to 13a-162a. Variations in tolls and charges on Putnam Bridge. Tolls on Gold Star Memorial Bridge. Charging of tolls for use of approach route to the Mohegan-Pequot Bridge; protection of Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike obligations. Exemptions from toll payments. Penalty for evasion of toll payment; use of prohibited material in automatic machine or of expired toll tickets. Removal of tolls on the Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike, Bissell Bridge, Putnam Bridge and Charter Oak Bridge.
Sec. 13a-162b. Special Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways Fund.

      Secs. 13a-154 to 13a-156. Tolls on Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways. Registration markers, coupons, tickets and tokens; fees. Toll plates for certain disabled veterans. Toll plates for certain handicapped drivers. Tolls and charges on expressways. Sections 13a-154 to 13a-156, inclusive, are repealed.

      (1949 Rev., S. 2276, 2277; 1951, 1953, 1955, June, 1955, S. 1204d; 1951, 1955, S. 1205d; 1953, 1955, June, 1955, S. 1212d; November, 1955, S. N161; 1958 Rev., S. 13-154, 13-155, 13-162; 1959, P.A. 409, S. 2, 3; 1963, P.A. 226, S. 154- 156; 1969, P.A. 768, S. 109; 1971, P.A. 235, S. 1; 324, S. 2; P.A. 73-675, S. 20-22, 44; P.A. 74-195; 74-342, S. 16, 17, 43; P.A. 75-568, S. 16, 17, 45; P.A. 76-114, S. 17, 18, 21; P.A. 77-590; P.A. 79-64; P.A. 80-466, S. 1, 25; P.A. 81-67, S. 2, 3, 7; P.A. 82-449, S. 4, 5; 82-472, S. 37, 183; P.A. 86-201, S. 5; P.A. 91-407, S. 41, 42.)

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      Sec. 13a-157. Bulkeley Bridge and Founders Bridge to be toll-free. Removal of tolls on the Bissell Bridge, Charter Oak Bridge and Putnam Bridge. (a) The commissioner unless and until otherwise directed by act of the General Assembly, shall maintain and operate the Bulkeley Bridge and the Founders Bridge for vehicular traffic free of tolls.

      (b) At such time as the bonds that were issued in accordance with subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 13a-176 have been retired, the commissioner may, subject to approval by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, maintain and operate the Captain John Bissell Bridge for vehicular traffic free of tolls if it becomes necessary to satisfy conditions stipulated by the United States Department of Transportation for federal-aid highway participation in the implementation of necessary improvements to the Captain John Bissell Bridge and to its approaches.

      (c) The commissioner may, subject to approval by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, maintain and operate the Charter Oak Bridge for vehicular traffic free of tolls at such time as certain related safety projects collectively called the "Greater Hartford Safety Improvements Program" as presently written or subsequently amended have been implemented or at any earlier time when, in the opinion of the Commissioner of Transportation, such maintenance and operation free of tolls is necessary to satisfy the United States Department of Transportation conditions for federal-aid highway participation in such implementation.

      (d) At such time as the bonds that were issued in accordance with subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 13a-176 have been retired, the commissioner may, subject to approval by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, maintain and operate the Putnam Bridge for vehicular traffic free of tolls if it becomes necessary to satisfy conditions stipulated by the United States Department of Transportation for federal-aid highway participation in the extension of Connecticut Route 3 approaches to the bridge from the vicinity of Naubuc Avenue in Glastonbury to Connecticut Route 2 in the vicinity of the Glastonbury-East Hartford town line.

      (1959, P.A. 132, S. 11(f); 1963, P.A. 226, S. 157; 1969, P.A. 182, S. 2; P.A. 74-342, S. 18, 43; P.A. 79-562; P.A. 81-67, S. 4, 5, 7; P.A. 91-407, S. 4, 42.)

      History: 1963 act replaced previous provisions: See title history; 1969 act clarified limitations on tolls for use of Bissell, Charter Oak and Putnam bridges; P.A. 74-342 deleted amendments enacted in 1969 allowing charge of toll only until parallel bridges are constructed and open and allowed toll to be maximum charge which will not discourage use of bridges; P.A. 79-562 divided section into subsections and replaced previous provisions re charging and ceasing to charge tolls with provision that tolls are to be charged until bonds issued under Sec. 13a-176(a)(3) are retired or until tolls violate conditions for federal-aid highway funds, and added Subsecs. (d) and (e); P.A. 81-67 added Subsec. (f) which set the tolls on the toll bridges at $0.35 for passenger vehicles and $0.30 per axle for commercial vehicles; P.A. 91-407 deleted Subsecs. (b) and (f) re tolls for toll bridges and relettered remaining Subsecs.

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      Secs. 13a-158 to 13a-162a. Variations in tolls and charges on Putnam Bridge. Tolls on Gold Star Memorial Bridge. Charging of tolls for use of approach route to the Mohegan-Pequot Bridge; protection of Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike obligations. Exemptions from toll payments. Penalty for evasion of toll payment; use of prohibited material in automatic machine or of expired toll tickets. Removal of tolls on the Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike, Bissell Bridge, Putnam Bridge and Charter Oak Bridge. Sections 13a-158 to 13a-162a, inclusive, are repealed.

      (1949 Rev., S. 2215, 2278, 2309, 2328; 1953, 1955, June, 1955, S. 1212d; 1955, S. 1197d, 1206d, 1251d, 1256d, 1274d; November, 1955, S. N162; 1958 Rev., S. 13-100, 13-101, 13-156, 13-162, 13-194, 13-202, 13-233; 1961, P.A. 478; 493; 517, S. 119; 541, S. 13, 15; 1963, P.A. 226, S. 158-162; 611, S. 1; February, 1965, P.A. 284; 1967, P.A. 374, S. 2; 1969, P.A. 211, S. 1; 768, S. 10; P.A. 73-170; 73-675, S. 23, 44; P.A. 74-342, S. 19, 43; P.A. 75-568, S. 18, 45; P.A. 79-539, S. 1, 2; P.A. 80-434; P.A. 81-67, S. 6, 7; P.A. 82-223, S. 4; P.A. 83-553, S. 1, 4; 83-577, S. 10; P.A. 86-201, S. 6-8; P.A. 90-263, S. 42, 74; P.A. 91-407, S. 41, 42.)

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      Sec. 13a-162b. Special Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways Fund. (a) There is established and created a fund to be known as the "Special Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways Fund". Such fund may contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in such fund and shall be held by the State Treasurer separate and apart from all other moneys, funds and accounts. Investment earnings credited to the assets of such fund shall become part of the assets of such fund. Any balance remaining in such fund at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward in such fund for the fiscal year next succeeding.

      (b) The State Treasurer shall apply the resources in the Special Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways Fund, upon their receipt, first, to pay or provide for the payment of any cost associated with the removal of toll booths and the reconstruction of the toll plazas on such parkways.

      (c) Any remaining resources of said fund shall be applied and expended for the maintenance and repair of such parkways.

      (P.A. 86-391, S. 7, 9-12; P.A. 87-453, S. 1, 2; P.A. 91-407, S. 15, 42.)

      History: P.A. 87-453 amended Subsec. (d) by changing the date from which funds collected from the tolls on the Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways are to be credited to the Special Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways Fund from July 1, 1987, to July 2, 1987, and by requiring the treasurer to credit to such fund an amount equal to the amount received from such tolls during the period from April 1, 1987, to July 2, 1987, inclusive; P.A. 91-407 deleted Subsecs. (a), (b) and (d) re collection of tolls and the removal of toll plazas on the Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways, relettering remaining Subsecs. accordingly.

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