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West Virginia Turnpike tolls to increase next year

West Virginia Turnpike tolls to increase next year
An 18-wheeler sits at a West Virginia Turnpike toll booth. (Courtesy: Google Maps)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Tolls for commercial and private vehicle traffic on the West Virginia Turnpike will increase at the beginning of next year, officials said.

The rate for big rigs will rise by 5% on Jan. 1, West Virginia Parkways Authority Executive Director Jeffrey Miller told a legislative committee. The E-Z Pass annual program will also see an increase from $25 annually to $26.50, Miller said. The increase will take cash tolls for passenger vehicles from $4.00 to $4.25 per toll plaza.

The proposed fee schedule for the turnpike allows up to a 5 percent increase every three years, he said.

Voters approved selling up to $1.6 billion in bonds to fund the Roads to Prosperity program in 2017 and the Parkways Authority has returned $595 million from tolls to the state to support projects for the 10 counties affected by the Turnpike, Miller said.

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