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REACTION: West Virginia state tolls could increase

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The Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways announced a plan to keep the turnpike tolls for another 30 years and increase the current fee of two dollars.  The goal is to generate money needed to repair and maintain state roads and bridges.

59News spoke to drivers traveling through Mercer County at the Scenic Outlook near Camp Creek, and they reacted to a possible toll increase.

"I think it's ridiculous. I wouldn't be able to do it," said Deana Rutherford, who was traveling to Tennessee.

Some people commented about the number of tolls in southern West Virginia.

"I thought that the two dollar toll and the amount of tolls was a bit much for the distance I traveled," said traveler Ronald Deloach.

State officials say by increasing tolls, the state could generate up to $50 million annually in needed revenue.  West Virginia needs more than a half-billion dollars in yearly road funding just to maintain current conditions.

The commission announced it's plans after holding nine public hearings and surveying about 1,400 people who live in West Virginia.