The Associated Press
AUSTIN (AP) - A state effort to toll existing interstate highways is drawing more criticism -- this time from a Texas leader in Washington.
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison today said she opposes the Texas Department of Transportation plan.
Hutchison says Texans should never have to pay twice for a highway.
TxDOT is lobbying Congress to pass a federal law that would allow the state to "buy back" parts of existing interstates and turn them into toll roads.
State Senator John Carona of Dallas calls it a "dreadful recommendation" and is confident that legislators would overwhelmingly be against such an idea.
Carona says taxpayers have already paid for those roadways.