Virginia: Interstate 81 Needs A Lot Of Work, And A Commission Calls For Truck Tolls To Help With Financing

A plan that calls for tolls to fund improvements on Interstate 81 in Virginia is expected to be delivered to the Virginia state legislature this month, with no certainty whether it will be enacted.

The toll proposal was part of a report called the I 81 Corridor Improvement Plan, a lengthy study that came out of action taken by the Virginia General Assembly. The report studies several different approaches to funding the massive improvements that are needed for that portion of Interstate 81 that is in Virginia, the state with the most miles (325) on the New York to Tennessee highway. The report concludes that a system of truck tolling combined with an automobile pass would fund the needed $2.2 billion in improvements, $200 million of which are operational and the balance defined as capital improvements.