May 10, 2010


The Great Commonwealth of Virginny may soon be back in the biznay of interstate toll collections:

Interstate 95, already tolled extensively from Baltimore through Maine, soon may include a charge for entrance to Virginia.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to toll I-95 near the North Carolina border to help fund the commonwealth's long-debated transportation needs. McDonnell's administration filed an application for the toll to the Federal Highway Administration.

"After a careful review of the commonwealth's transportation needs, I believe the ability to toll Interstate 95 at the border will quickly enable the commonwealth to begin addressing some of our greatest areas of concern," McDonnell said.

A toll of $1 to $2 per axle would generate an estimated $30 million to $60 million per year to be used exclusively for projects in the I-95 corridor, with safety coming first.

Virginia has approval to toll Interstate 81 and is requesting to switch that approval to I-95, according to the governor's office.

Virginia lawmakers have for years fought over how to pay for infrastructure and safety improvements. One of Gov. Tim Kaine's administration's ideas was closing 19 rest areas in the state, but McDonnell has reopened those with plans to reduce the cost of operating all of the state's rest areas.

Not that I especially like the idea of ponying up, but I'm going to take a very deep breath and suggest that this is probably a good idea. The highway system definitely needs a big wodge of dosh, and what better way of raising it than slapping on a user fee?

Anyway, it sure as hell beats shutting down all the rest stops.

Posted by Robert at May 10, 2010 01:25 PM | TrackBack

Who needs rest stops when you have empty coke bottles in the car? Well, I guess women perhaps, but seems awful big waste of resources to have fancy dandy rest stops for only have the population.

Posted by: Fear and Loathing In Georgetown at May 10, 2010 02:45 PM

You just wait a bit, young man. When Little Miss Apprehension and Antipathy in Arlington is a few years older and you go road-tripping across the Old Dominion, you'll thank your lucky stars.

Of course, you'll also wonder how she instinctively knows to announce she urgently needs to go potty just after you've passed the exit ramp, but that's a different matter.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at May 10, 2010 03:04 PM

I've believed for some time that tolls are a fairer way to pay for roads that taxes.

Not that I think the new toll will reduce your taxes a single pfennig, just saying.

Posted by: B.B. at May 11, 2010 12:27 AM

Have you *ever* seen toll monies actually go to the cause for which it was instituted? You must be high.

Posted by: Rosalind at May 11, 2010 12:43 PM
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