By John Cooper, Norfolk Car Accident Injury Attorney
Tolls that are likely to arrive later this year on the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels between Portsmouth and Norfolk, VA are likely to cost the average commuter $1,000 a year and are sparking increasing opposition.
The growing clamor against tolls in Portsmouth and Norfolk was noted in a recent article in the Virginian-Pilot.
See this WAVY.com video about a tolls protest in Portsmouth.
And these tolls will also affect commuters into Norfolk from Suffolk and northern Chesapeake.
“Widespread sticker shock and finger-pointing didn’t set in until now – after the state closed its deal with a private company to expand the Midtown Tunnel and charge tolls on it and the Downtown Tunnel,” the Pilot reported.
As Norfolk, VA auto accident attorneys, we are concerned about the potential effect of tolls on the economy of Hampton Roads. As well as Portsmouth, businesses in parts of Norfolk such as Ghent are likely to suffer. More than 6,000 people have now signed a petition.
Recently we noted how tolls would help fund a $2.1 billion project that would include a second Midtown tube, as well as major improvements to the Downtown and Midtown tunnels, and the extension of the Martin Luther King Freeway.
The tolls on the Route 58 Midtown Tunnel and the I-264 Downtown Tunnel, are only the first of many proposed in the Hampton Roads area.
If all of the tolling plans on a longer term list materialize, the I-64 through Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, VA will be the only major road free of tolls, the Pilot reported recently.
Even Virginia Beach may be hit. A public-private partnership is being explored to look at how tolls could pay for upgrades of the I-264 in Virginia Beach.
An improved Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel linking Norfolk and Hampton, VA is in the long-term program. This would also involve road tolls to pay for the upgrade.
As an experienced Virginia car accident injury attorney, I’m concerned about congestion in the region. Congestion can cause frustration and the stop and start conditions are ripe for accidents. But the message from cities such as Portsmouth and Norfolk is very clear. Widespread tolling is not the answer.
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