Warner signed legislation into law April 14 that requires truck drivers
to stay to the right when driving on Interstate 81 in Virginia.
law, which takes effect July 1, prohibits trucks from driving in the left-most
lane on sections of I-81 where there are more than two lanes in one direction.
The bill – HB1346 – also requires trucks traveling at least 15 mph slower
than the posted speed limit to keep to the far right of the interstate
on stretches of two-lane road.
bill that could impact I-81 also has been sent to the governor.
sponsored by Delegate William Fralin, R-Roanoke, would allow the state
to vary toll rates to reward drivers who travel in “off-peak hours” such
as overnight. Fralin told The Roanoke Times the bill would give
the Virginia Department of Transportation the flexibility to adjust toll
rates on roads built under the Public-Private Transportation Act.
transportation officials gave preliminary approval in February to a plan
that would widen I-81 to eight lanes, with separate lanes for cars and
trucks. Under the plan – submitted by a consortium of private builders
known as STAR Solutions – the expansion would be paid for, in part, with
toll money collected from both cars and trucks.