The Virginia House of Delegates has approved increases to truck registration fees and regional gas taxes to pay for improvements to Interstate 81.
Late Tuesday, Gov. Ralph Northam proposed increased truck registration fees across Virginia, a higher diesel tax to more closely match neighboring states, and an expansion of the additional gas tax charged in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads to include all areas along Interstate 81.
Virginia will put tolls on Interstate 81 to fund a series of upgrades meant to address intermittent hourslong traffic jams that can seemingly strike at random.
A draft report to the General Assembly recommends either tolling both cars and trucks or implementing sales and gas tax increases along the I-81 corridor, similar to the taxes already in place in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.
Unlike other interstates in Virginia, delays on the approximately 325 miles of I-81 are most often due to crashes or other incidents that block lanes. That difference is expected to lead to some unique possible solutions to the sometimes mileslong backups.
Virginia Transportation Secretary Shannon Valentine recently outlined plans to begin a study next month on putting tolls on Interstate 81.
In a major milestone for Metro funding, each house of Virginia’s General Assembly approved on Tuesday more than $100 million per year for the system. Legislators also banned handheld cellphone use behind the wheel.
The Virginia Senate wants to give drivers a small break and passed a bill that would update the state’s reckless driver law so speeders caught driving 81 mph in a 70-mph zone would no longer face jail time.
Interstate 81 is known as an accident plagued road, but one Virginia lawmaker thinks tolling truck drivers on the road and using that revenue could make the highway safer.
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