WV Turnpike Agency Survives Elimination Attempt, but Tolling Still Has an Uncertain Future

Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports, “Although a bill to eliminate the West Virginia Parkways Authority failed to pass [in the last legislative session], the agency still faces uncertainty beyond 2019. . . . Before the start of the session, the Parkways Authority asked legislators to take up the issue of whether to continue the tolls on the turnpike beyond 2019. Right now, the bonds are set to be paid off in May 2019. Greg Barr, Parkways general manager, said there is uncertainty regarding contracts lasting longer than two years and with employees, who don’t know if they will be there two years from now.”