Chesapeake City VA approves toll hike, seasonally-varied toll rates
By Peter Samuel
The City Council in Chesapeake voted eight to one March 23 to increase tolls on the Chesapeake Expressway tollroad that is the main link between I-64 in the Hampton Roads area and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The council accepted a Steer Davies Gleave report recommending a new toll schedule that increases the base 2-axle toll from $2.00 to $3.00.
A frequent user plan costing $40/year to register and use of an E-ZPass transponder that cost 50c/trip previously will now cost 75c/trip.
Peak season weekend toll rates for regular cash or E-ZPass transponder users will be $6.00 vs $3.00 for 2-axle vehicles, peak season weekends being defined as the Saturday before Memorial Day through the Sunday after Labor Day, May 21 through September 11.
The seasonal toll differentials are new.
Toll rates for vehicles with more than 2-axles are $1 extra/axle.
The toll increases go into effect May 1.
The Chesapeake Expressway is 16 miles long, 26km long and provides a hassle-free trip to the North Carolina border from the interstate and expressway network of the Norfolk/Hampton Roads metro area.
The tollroad has been making a small profit or breaking even since it opened in 2001. It's revenues have been $6.5m to $7m/yr on 4.3m to 4.5m transactions/year, but without a toll increase the pike was expected to go into the red.
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