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New toll plaza in York gets green light from state

A controversial plan to build a new toll plaza in York got the green light from the state on Tuesday.

YORK (WGME) -- A controversial plan to build a new toll plaza in York got the green light from the state on Tuesday.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued a draft decision approving the Maine Turnpike Authority's proposal to build a new structure a mile and a half to the north.

Opponents have pushed for all-electronic-tolling, but the DEP sided with theMTA, agreeing a high speed and cash combination is the better fit.

"If you give up collecting cash, and you try to find people by taking pictures of their license plates and looking them up, if you can get that information, you wind up losing a large proportion, close to half," said Peter Mills, executive director of the MTA.

Leaders of the citizens group Think Again said they're disappointed by the decision and are talking to their lawyer about filing an appeal.

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