WV Parkway Board Wants Turnpike Tolls to Remain after Bonds are Retired in 2019

Charleston Gazette-Mail reports, “State Parkways Authority members unanimously approved a resolution [on December 8] calling for tolls to remain on the West Virginia Turnpike after the current round of bonds are paid off in 2019, contending that removing the tolls is not in the best interest of the state or its citizens. ‘The way it is right now, projecting a $400 million deficit for the state, it’s going to be a very difficult thing to shoulder,’ Parkways general manager Greg Barr said of removing the tolls, which provide about $90 million a year in revenue, primarily from out-of-state travelers. ‘No other states are taking tolls off their main highways,’ he said.”