Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyer Report – Senators Discuss a Tunnel Tolls Reprieve

By John Cooper, Norfolk, VA Auto Accident Attorney

Tolls due to be imposed on the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels linking Portsmouth with Norfolk, VA, would be postponed until 2014 under a budget plan finding support in the Virginia state Senate.

Moves to impose tolls in 2012 to finance congestion busting improvements, have provoked an outcry in Portsmouth.

Driving through the Downtown Tunnel.

Now the Virginia Senate Finance Committee may has advanced a budget that would postpone the  collection of new tunnel tolls in cities such as Portsmouth and Norfolk, VA until 2014, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

“Senators were briefed on a plan to reprogram $272 million in spending, but the most involved discussion of the meeting centered on tolls on the Midtown and Downtown tunnels,” the Pilot reported.

In a recent report on the Virginia Beach car and truck accident lawyers site, I wrote about how the backlash is growing in Portsmouth and Norfolk against tolls that would cost the average commuter $1,000 a year.

I also noted this was just the first in a plan for a series of tolls in Hampton Roads that would eventually impact commuters in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Hampton.

Tolls are intended to help fund a $2.1 billion project that would include a second Midtown tube, as well as significant upgrades 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, would be followed by tolls on the I-64 through Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

A public-private partnership is being explored to look at how tolls could pay for upgrades of the I-264 in Virginia Beach, while tolls would be inherent in the long term improvement of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT) between Hampton and Norfolk.

As a Norfolk serious injury lawyer, I’m concerned that congestion causes wrecks and injuries. But I’m also concerned the tolling option would hit the pocket books of residents of cities such as Portsmouth and Norfolk.


The Virginia Beach personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles car, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as brain injury, wrongful death, railroad workers’ injuries (FELA) mesothelioma and medical malpractice cases.

John Cooper grew up and was educated in Virginia Beach and handles many cases from the city. John Cooper and his partner Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in handling personal injury claims.

John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010 and has been a member since 2011 of the Multimillion dollar Advocates Roundtable. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout Virginia as well as in north eastern North Carolina. We always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 309-4711 or make an appointment to visit our Virginia Beach office at 4445 Corporation Lane, Suite #187, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462. For a free consultation with a specialized Virginia Beach, VA personal injury lawyer contact us through this website

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