Mary R. Kramvik, Moorhead, Published March 16 2013
Letter: Remove toll from bridge right nowTo Mayor Mark Voxland and Moorhead City Council members:
The toll bridge is up for discussion. I would like to comment. Council member Nancy Otto can attest that I have followed the issue for years and have advocated that the bridge should become toll free ASAP. I have also visited with council member Luther Stueland.
Several years ago, a task force explored the issue. A petition was signed by more than 400 residents of Fargo and Moorhead who want the bridge to become toll free. There would be many benefits of removing the toll including:
- Increased chance of economic development for north Fargo and north Moorhead.
- A positive impact on the environment by encouraging residents to use less gas by taking a shorter route.
- Monetary relief for the users of that route who are paying the toll and also paying taxes for bridges on the south side of the city.
- Ease traffic congestion downtown where there is frustration due to the train traffic delays.
- Increased property values in north Fargo and north Moorhead.
I read comments by Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker regarding Fargo’s responsibility for the bridge. I encourage you to review the original agreements signed by both cities in regard to the First Avenue bridge and the toll bridge. As I recall, the leadership of Fargo agreed to take lead on the 12th/15th Avenue bridge, and subsequently reneged on the agreement.
In addition to the benefits listed above, the toll should be removed on principle.
It’s time Fargo honored its original agreement. It’s time the north side has the same benefits south side residents of both cities have. We all pay taxes for roads and bridges in the cities. Why should north side residents bear the cost of a bridge when south side residents do not pay tolls on bridges used primarily by them?
Enough is enough! Do whatever you need to do to remove the toll ASAP.