Virginia: I-81 legislation proposes tolling rates (SB 1716 & HB 2718)

Legislation to impose tolls on vehicles traveling Interstate 81 has been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly.

Senate Bill 1716 and House Bill 2718 would establish an independent corridor improvement fund within the state treasury and require installation of overhead tolling gantries along the 325-mile route between Bristol and Winchester. Monies collected would be assigned to fund an estimated $2.2 billion in improvements identified in a 2018 study.

The proposed “initial rate” for commercial trucks classified as medium duty [class 6] and higher would be 17 cents per mile, per segment or a total of $55.25 for a one-way trip across Virginia. The initial toll rate imposed on all other vehicles “shall not exceed two-thirds” of the truck rate, or about 11.5 cents per mile, according to the legislation. That would cost other motorists about $37 for the same one-way trip.