Courthouse Road toll plaza ramp changes

By Nicole Bell - bio | email

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - If you use the Courthouse Road toll plaza ramps along the Powhite Parkway extension in Chesterfield, prepare for some changes.

Starting 10:00 Friday night, there will not be any full service lanes at the two ramps. Motorists who use the ramps must pay with exact change or have an E-Z Pass transponder.

That means if you pull up to the 25 cent toll plaza ramps with a dollar, no one will be at a booth to make change for you. If you get stuck attendants at the neighboring 75-cent toll can help.

"Our facility is staffed 24/7 so if an attendant notices an issue at the lane and someone can't transition through, we'll allow them to go through and they'll receive an invoice," said VDOT Spokesperson Shannon Marshall.

The invoice will be for a quarter as a courtesy to motorists during the transition. But after an unspecified amount of time VDOT says violators will be fined.

James Darcy often uses the ramps.

"I like it because I have a Smart Tag and I like the traffic moving, just go with the flow,so I'm looking forward to the change," said Darcy.

Tracy May isn't happy about the news.

"I don't think it's a good idea. I like the option of having a full service" said motorist Tracy May. "I carry cash when I go on the ramp. I don't have a transponder so I'd be out of luck."

About 500 motorists travel on those two ramps daily. VDOT says doing away with full service lanes will save the department about $100,000 yearly.

As for Tracy May she says the toll change will force her to make changes as well.

"I guess we'll get a transponder or carry a lot of quarters," said Tracy.

Again the change will go into effect Friday night starting at 10:00 p.m.

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