Pocahontas 895 toll increase starts Monday

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Starting Monday it's going to cost you an extra quarter to go through the Pocahontas Parkway if you travel during the morning hours of 6 to 9 a.m. and again in the afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m. during the week.

A lot of cars go through Pocahontas 895 to get to the airport.

Close to 15,000 drivers pass through every day - not nearly enough to pay off the $330 million it took to build the highway - any time soon.

The Australian based company, Transurban, took over management duties in 2006. They say, toll revenue has to pay for everything.

"It's important to remember that Pocahontas 895 gets no state or federal money to operate or maintain the road, so that's paid for by toll revenue," said Mary Ellin Arch of Transurban.

Your toll goes to bridge maintenance, inspection, signs, cameras, snow removal and construction debt.

"We take very good care of the road because we know that people expect that with the money that they pay we are very conscious of that," said Arch.

Starting Monday, the $2.75 toll will go up a quarter to $3 during commuting hours, weekdays.

It'll stay at $3 at least until 2013, and then go up another quarter.

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