Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Turnpike's governing board has approved toll increases despite opposition from people who live along the 88-mile highway's route.
Members of the Parkways, Economic Development and Tourism Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to raise tolls for passenger vehicles from $1.25 to $2 and for large trucks from $4.25 to $6.75.
The toll hikes are effective Aug. 1.
Steep discounts were approved for motorists who purchase EZ Pass Commuter passes.
They will pay $1.30 for passenger cars and $5.40 for large trucks.
Authority members said the toll increases are needed keep the highway between Charleston and Princeton from falling into further disrepair.
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