by a group of highway construction companies calls for Virginia
to create truck-only lanes along I-81 and then force truckers to
pay tolls to use the lanes, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
called Star Solutions, released a poll of residents who live near
I-81, indicating they favor the road widening and sticking truckers
with the bill.
The plan calls
for the road to become eight lanes wide with certain lanes designated
for trucks only.
The poll and
its conclusions were quickly attacked by businesses along the highway
and other opponents of the plan.
public knew that cars separated from trucks just means a 4-foot
rumble strip and that trucks are going to have to cross over two
lanes of passenger traffic to enter and exit the highway, I think
they, too, will say no thanks," Jay Smith, spokesman for an
opposition group known as Smart Solutions, told the newspaper.
The poll also
found residents don’t believe moving some freight from truck to
rail will ease traffic woes along the heavily traveled interstate.
The Star Solutions
proposal is scheduled for submission to the Virginia Department
of Transportation Jan. 17.