Possible Turnpike Toll Increase

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Several lawmakers say plans to delay paving the West Virginia Turnpike is the first move toward increasing tolls.

Last week it was announced that $147 million in maintenance would be deferred over the next five years as the Parkways, Economic Development and Tourism Authority tries to trim its costs.

Governor Joe Manchin has ordered the authority to cut costs.

Raleigh County Delegate Ricky Moye says the deferred maintenance and other cost-cutting measures signal the start of a campaign to raise tolls on the 88-mile turnpike.

The authority increased tolls last year but the effort was stopped by a Kanawha County Circuit Court ruling.

Moye and other lawmakers in areas served by the highway oppose any increase. But Fayette County Senator Shirley Love says the turnpike needs to be maintained and out-of-state motorists should foot the bill.

Love says out-of-state motorists could pay an extra quarter or 50 cents, while West Virginians would receive a discount.

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