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Maine Turnpike Authority Board Approves New York Toll Plaza

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Turnpike Authority's board of directors has approved plans to move York's toll plaza 1.5 miles north despite objections from town residents.

The board voted Thursday to instruct staff to seek permits to build the plaza at mile marker 8.8. A consultant told the authority it would save $20 million if it built the plaza there instead of mile 7.3, where town residents preferred.

York's board of selectmen voted in October to oppose the attempts to build the toll plaza. A citizens group says moving the toll would lead to a decline in real estate values and create more pollution.

The authority wants to replace the existing toll plaza because it's sinking into clay soils at its existing location and a tunnel full of electrical components leaks.