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Opponents scheduled to rally before I-95 toll meeting

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CHESTER, VA (WWBT) -

People will soon be rallying against the proposed I-95 toll plaza. The tolls would mean that more money could be coming out of your pocket, but VDOT will be explaining why at a public session.  

Nobody likes the thought of tolls.  

"It seems like a money grab in a way," said Mason Harper.  

VDOT says parts of I-95 need major makeovers. If they're not fixed soon, drivers could see bigger problems down the road. Thousands have already signed a petition to stop the toll. 

VDOT has $10 billion worth of repairs and only $2 billion to work with right now. The plaza's location in Sussex County concerns Mason Harper. 

"It's a bit depressed economically and I think it'll hurt the local citizens in that part of the state," said Mason.

VDOT says roughly 80% of people driving through are long distance travelers.

Revenue from the toll plaza will go towards much needed repairs to roads and bridges in the area.

VDOT is hosting a meeting where people will have a chance to learn more about the driving force behind it all. They can also share their own concerns.  

"It's good to have a forum like that so opinions can be made and addressed," said Susan Guice.  

"My opinion is the general public will be against this," said Harper. "This will give them a chance to let the folks at VDOT know how they feel, so that will be a good thing."

Normally, existing interstates can't impose tolls but the state is asking the Federal Highway Administration to approve the proposal because so many repairs are necessary.  

The first meeting will be held Monday night at Sussex Central High School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 21394 Sussex Drive. 

If you can't make that meeting, VDOT will host another session Wednesday at the John Tyler Community College Student Center from 6 to 8 p.m. at 13101 Jeff Davis Highway in Chester.

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