Resolution of new toll schedule adopted, advances to public meeting stage

Raleigh County

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — On April 5, 2018, the ayes had it for the Parkways Authority’s resolution that would affect the toll rates on the West Virginia Turnpike, but nothing is final yet.

“Right now, it’s preliminary,” said general manager Greg Barr. “It’s a proposal.”

If passed the resolution would incorporate a single-fee discount program for drivers of Class 1 non-commercial vehicles, which cover your typical car, SUV, or pickup truck.  The new proposal would allow those who apply before the December 31st deadline, to pay a one-time fee of $24, which will cover three years of tolls at all turnpike booths. After December 31st, it will be $24 per year for Class 1 drivers, which is still considerably cheap compared to the current rates.

“It’s a heck of a deal for any citizens of the state,” Barr said.  “It’s important to know that it’s also available to out-of-state people too.”

Parkways Authority general manager Greg Barr says including non-West Virginia drivers in the discount program is affordable for the state, since most of those travelers are just passing through and not using the toll roads often.

“In the majority of the cases, most of the out-of-state users and passenger cars are very infrequent users, maybe once or twice a year,” Barr said.  “They’re going to the beach. They’re going to visit family.”

Meetings for the public will start taking place in May, where drivers will be able to have their say on whether municipal and county vehicles would be covered under this resolution, among other key points.

“I think we’ll be ready with some answers on those things by the public meetings so we can talk knowledgeably about it and share our thoughts with the public.”

Under this new proposal, toll rates for commercial vehicles and those not listed as Class 1 would double. However, there is no decided rate on state, county, or municipality-owned vehicles.

The West Virginia Parkways Authority will announce public meeting dates and locations next week.

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