WASHINGTON – Singer-songwriter Angela Petry has a bone to pick with owners of the Dulles Greenway. The tolls, she says, are too high.
The privately owned, 14-mile-long divided highway in Loudoun County carries traffic between the Leesburg Bypass and the Dulles Toll Road near Route 28.
In her song “Highway Robbery” Petry sings, “Sending our money overseas. Making a mockery of you and me. Because it’s highway robbery.”
The mainline toll plaza collects $4.75 for a one-way trip during off-peak hours and $5.55 during rush hours for passenger vehicles. Eastbound off-ramps and westbound on-ramps host auxillary toll plazas that charge various tolls for travelers who are not traveling to or from the eastern end point near Dulles Airport.
“Our concern is also not just for our commute, but for the residents who live along the Greenway corridor,” says Petry, who lives in Morgan County, W. Va.
The video below, which features ABC7’s report, includes some of the song.
Here are the lyrics of the song:
Highway robbery Sending our money overseas Making a mockery of you and me Because it’s highway robbery
They built a road in the countryside Rolling green hills for milles and miles The farms and the fields no factory But don’t you dare think you can drive for free Because it’s highway robbery
Fourteen miles and it’s nice and smooth From Leesburg to Dulles you can really move Drive everyday but you cry at night Cause of the price of the toll is out of sight
The Commonwealth should stand up strong Tell those Aussies they’re just plain wrong Roll back the tolls or make it free No more highway robbery