Strong opposition at I-95 toll meeting - NBC12.com - Richmond, VA News

Strong opposition at I-95 toll meeting

Posted: Updated:
SUSSEX COUNTY, VA (WWBT) -

They didn't pack the house, but speakers voiced strong opposition at Wednesday night's second public meeting for the I-95 toll project.

A few dozen people showed up at John Tyler Community College in Chester.

VDOT says it needs $12 billion for road repairs. The plan calls for $4 tolls each way on I-95 for cars, more for trucks.

Residents near the Stoney Creek area of Sussex County say, instead of a toll booth, they might as well put up a tombstone at their exit - because tolls would kill business.

"I-95 brings money in our community. There's not enough people in Stoney Creek to keep the business going, so we depend on 95 traffic, so if they toll it, ain't nobody goin to stop, they just gone keep right on going," said Frank Jackson.

VDOT is promoting a discount plan to save local users 83 percent on tolls. Another public meeting for the I-95 toll project is set for next week.

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow