WV Turnpike Tolls

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- Drivers along the West Virginia turnpike may pay higher tolls as early as June.

The West Virginia Parkways Economic Development and Tourism Authority is scheduled to meet Monday to review two engineering studies, one of which could suggest a proposed amount.

Tolls have not increased on the 88-mile turnpike in 28 years and at least two lawmakers are fighting to keep that trend going.

The authority tried in 2006 to raise tolls from $1.25 to $2 per barrier for cars and from $4.25 to $7 for five-axle trucks. But a court ordered the rates rolled back because the authority gave insufficient public notice of its action.

Now, the authority faces declining revenues, increased maintenance costs and is in jeopardy of defaulting on its bonds.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All rights Reserved.)

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