Tolls Considered for Northern Virginia Interstates

Idea is floated at regional transportation meeting

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    Drivers will pay tolls on Interstate 95 in Virginia if some regional planners have their way.

    Planners suggested the tolls Wednesday at the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board meeting, reported.

    The tolls would cost drivers travelling north and south between D.C. and Fredericksburg between 10 cents and $1 per mile depending on the time of the day and level of congestion.

    Interstates 295, 395 and 66 would be included, too.

    I-95 cuts through Prince William County, which hasn't taken a position on the idea yet, but Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Corey Stewart has.

    “Taxpayers have already paid for these highways,” he said in an e-mail. “This would just be another way for bloated government to fleece Northern Virginians and finance their out-of-control spending. I will fight this tooth and nail.”

    The toll road idea has not been formally proposed but is part of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board's effort to update its long-range planning to reflect budget realities.