VDOT Discusses I-95 Improvements, Tolls

VDOT's Fredericksburg meeting is 6 - 8 p.m. Dec. 17.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a public information meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday to provide information about the Commonwealth’s proposal to the federal government to improve I-95, which includes tolling. 

The meeting will be at VDOT's Fredericksburg District Office, 86 Deacon Road. 

VDOT staff will review with the public the latest proposal to the Federal Government, which includes a potential tolling location in Sussex County, VDOT said in a press release.

Revenue from toll collections would be a funding source to help pay for improvements, including rehabilitating aging bridges and pavements.

"During the meetings, the public will have the opportunity to learn more about the proposal, review potential toll discount plans, ask questions and provide their comments," VDOT said.

Virginia’s proposed I-95 Corridor Improvement Program is a comprehensive approach to funding critical projects, VDOT said. The program includes the potential tolling of I-95 through the Interstate Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Pilot Program (ISRRPP), administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Marty December 17, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I would rather pay a toll on a road that I use than a tax on fuel that goes into a general fund that may or may not be used for roads in my community. All to often our rural tax dollars go to Interstate road projects and roads in northern VA instead of our local roads and infrastructure. Lets face it, we are driving less and using more fuel efficient cars. The gas tax will have to go up, tolls will be charged or a usage tax will be levied every year based on miles driven when you get your car inspected. One way or another the States will collect their revenue.
Anne December 17, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Marty, more than likely its No Va's tax dollars supporting the roads or whatever in the Fredericksburg area. Rural tax dollars are not as high as those in no va. Its not meant mean, but it is reality.
Mac December 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Marty, collecting tolls cost money to build the facilities, and operate the collection programs. It is the most inefficent method of road revenue. Raising the gas tax by 1 cent will produce more revenue than Tolling I-95 in Southern VA. Additionally, toll boths will slow traffic, congest local roads (by vehicles avoiding the toll gates), create more traffic accidents, and place an unfair financial burden on people that live in the southern va area. It will also hurt businesses and state sales tax reveneu in the tri-cities area - retail customers will begin using NC retail centers instead of traveling north to shop,


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