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NC businesses along I-95 tally tolling impact

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Opponents say plans to charge a toll on Interstate 95 in North Carolina will make it more difficult for businesses to quickly and cheaply ship goods up and down the highway.

I-95 has been free for decades and is the East Coast's main thoroughfare. North Carolina, Virginia and Missouri all are considering tolls as a way to pay for expanding and upgrading interstates. The home-improvement warehouse retailer Lowe's Cos. says the cost from tolls on I-95 may have to be passed on to consumers.

Suppliers send trucks to the Lowe's distribution center just off I-95 near the Virginia line, and Lowe's sends its trucks from there to stores. A company spokeswoman says suppliers may pass the cost from tolls on to Lowe's, which would in turn have to raise prices at its stores.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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