Northam Announces Bipartisan Proposal to Toll I-81
Yesterday (1/8/2019) Governor Northam announced a legislative proposal that would fund $2.2 billion in critical improvements along the Interstate 81 Corridor with a toll.
The legislation is a result of the year-long study completed by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. The initial draft legislation would establish an Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund supported by tolls along I-81. The proposal would establish limits on toll rates and give automobiles and small trucks the ability to purchase an annual pass allowing unlimited use of I-81 for a fixed yearly fee. Revenues collected would only be used for improvements included in the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan that was adopted by the Board at its December meeting. The legislation will be patroned by Senators Mark Obenshain and Bill Carrico in the Senate, and by Delegates Steve Landes and Terry Austin in the House.
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