Opposition Continues to Grow Against Va. and N.C. I-95 Tolling Plans

Opposition continues to grow against the Virginia and North Carolina Departments of Transportation’s plans to toll Interstate 95 as a means of generating revenue for state infrastructure projects.

Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell’s persistence in tolling is galvanizing an increasing number of opponents, according to the Virginia Pilot. And Hanover County and the Town Council of Dumfries, in Northern Virginia, recently joined the fight against the toll plan.

A Virginia Village Voice editorial last week reported that tolling I-95 offers no redeeming qualities for the citizens of Emporia, Greensville or Sussex yet ultimately will deliver “serious negative blows” to local communities. The proposal does not have the approval of any local official, the newspaper said, nor will it create new roadways, leverage unique funding pools or ease commuter congestion.

Those opposed to the tolling plans can voice their opposition by signing the online petition or liking the Virginia and North Carolina Facebook pages.  Already, more than 2,200 people have signed their names against Virginia’s tolling plan.

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