CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed a new bill Tuesday to allow West Virginia residents to pay a one-time fee to drive on the West Virginia Turnpike without paying tolls.
West Virginia Senate Bill 1003 establishes a one-time annual user fee for West Virginia drivers to ride for FREE through the WV Turnpike tolls. SB 1003 will protect a vital source of road money— currently, 76% of the Turnpike toll revenue is from out-of-state drivers.
The bill gives the West Virginia Parkways Authority the ability to issue revenue bonds to finance road projects, and allows tolls to be collected electronically. The bonds connected to the toll revenue are for projects in the geographical regions of the Turnpike.
In commenting on Senate Bill 1003, Governor Justice said, “Coalfield projects will finally get done. This legislation lets our people drive for free and let’s us jumpstart our economy through the creation of tens of thousands of highway construction jobs. This is revolutionary for West Virginia. This is a win-win for the Mountain State, and I’m excited beyond belief to see all of the road projects begin immediately.”