Jan. 21: Deadline to comment on West Virginia toll project

| 1/19/2011

A deadline is fast approaching for the public to comment on a proposed toll road in West Virginia that could cost truckers $1.21 per mile. The deadline for public comments on the U.S. Route 35 toll project in Mason and Putnam counties is Friday, Jan. 21.

The proposed 14-mile toll road, running parallel to the existing Route 35, would have two tolling locations ? one in each county.

Traffic engineers recommend that five-axle trucks pay $8.50 cash or $8.08 with E-ZPass at each of the two tolling locations. Toll rates would increase about $1 at each toll location every four years through 2043. By then, the cash toll for a five-axle commercial vehicle would be $16 per location, or $32 for a full-length trip. That amounts to $2.29 per mile. E-ZPass rates would be slightly cheaper for each transaction.

Four wheelers would pay $2 per toll location in the beginning. By 2043, the toll for cars would be $3.75 per toll location. The Parkways Authority would also make a flat rate available each year for unlimited use of the roadway by commuter four wheelers.

Make your voice heard on this proposal. To read OOIDA?s Call to Action on this issue click here.

Submit comments on the web at www.wvturnpike.com; by calling the West Virginia Parkways Authority at 304-926-1900, or in writing to the Parkways Authority at P.O. Box 1469, Charleston, WV 25325. Address the envelope ?ATTN: Comments on Proposed Imposition of Tolls on U.S. Route 35 Parkway Project.?

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