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Arguments set in Va. tunnel toll lawsuit

A Portsmouth-based group of businesses and residents filed the lawsuit in 2012. They argue that the Virginia Department of Transportation and Elizabeth River Crossings don't have the authority to impose taxes. The lawsuit claims the tolls are taxes because the existing Downtown and Midtown tunnels' construction costs have been paid.

The Associated Press

5/1/2013

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit that challenges the state's plan to impose tolls at two existing tunnels to help pay for a new tunnel connecting Norfolk and Portsmouth.

A Portsmouth-based group of businesses and residents filed the lawsuit in 2012. They argue that the Virginia Department of Transportation and Elizabeth River Crossings don't have the authority to impose taxes. The lawsuit claims the tolls are taxes because the existing Downtown and Midtown tunnels' construction costs have been paid.

Elizabeth River Crossings won a multibillion-dollar contract to build the new tunnel, renovate the Downtown Tunnel and expand the Martin Luther King Expressway in Portsmouth.

Media outlets report that arguments are scheduled Wednesday in Portsmouth Circuit Court.

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