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Virginia to study putting tolls on I-81

I-81 covers more than 300 miles in Virginia. (Source: Wikimedia commons) I-81 covers more than 300 miles in Virginia. (Source: Wikimedia commons)

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) - Virginia is set to study whether to add more tolls to Interstate 81.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports that State Transportation Secretary Shannon Valentine recently outlined plans to begin a study next month on putting tolls on the highway. Interstate 81 runs along the western edge of the state and a large percentage of vehicles that use it are tractor-trailers

Valentine said the study should be completed by the end of November.

The General Assembly passed a bill earlier this year directing the state to study paying for improvements to I-81 with tolls. The law requires that the study not look at tolling all I-81 users, but instead focus on possible high-occupancy toll lanes and tolls on heavy commercial vehicles.

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