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The second meeting on adding tolls back to I-95 will be held at John Tyler Community College on Wednesday, December 12th at 6 pm. According to local news WWBT NBC News Channel 12, at the meeting at Sussex Central on Monday, citizens did not agree that tolls should be placed back on Interstate 95, just to fix current road conditions.
Historically, tolls were first put in place in 1958 when Interstate 95 was built to go from Petersburg to Henrico County. They stayed through the completion of the highway in Emporia, Virginia, and the connection to North Carolina, then from North Richmond to Washington, DC. At its completion on July 1, 1992, the tolls were removed (www.roadstothefuture.com/I95)
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will have to show the citizens in their next meeting that their plans to renovate the roads would cost enough to add those tolls back in the everyday commute of Virginia’s workers. Currently going towards the Washington DC, there is no room for cars to pull off the side of the road; the rest stops have been removed; and change in the weather has left the roads needing to be fixed. Maybe a question is whether these will be additions to the renovations.
Is there a compromise? Perhaps adding a toll to enter Downtown Richmond or to enter Petersburg or Emporia for a small fee, 25 cents may be approved.