legislator has urged the state's top transportation official to
consider building a private toll road alongside I-64 to ease traffic
congestion, according to local media reports.
Hamilton (R-Newport News) outlined his idea in an e-mail to state
Secretary of Transportation Whittington Clement.
plan, a private company - rather than the state transportation department
- reportedly would oversee construction and toll charges for the
trip from Richmond to Newport News.
The new road
would connect to I-664 in Newport News to encourage drivers heading
south to use the less-traveled Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel.
the state could also ease traffic on I-64 by promoting U.S. 460
as an alternative, WRIC television reported. VDOT could also post
signs on I-95 and I-295 near Richmond encouraging drivers to use
U.S. 460 if they're headed to Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk
or North Carolina's Outer Banks.
voters rejected a referendum in November on raising the sales tax
by a penny to pay for road projects.