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VDOT Begins Talks On I-64 Tolls

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Richmond, VA—Trips from Richmond to Virginia Beach may get a bit more expensive, as the Virginia Department of Transportation considers adding tolls on a portion of Interstate 64.

Talks of tolling Interstate 64 are in the very early stages, and VDOT says they're just taking the public's suggestions on adding tolls between Richmond and Hampton Roads.

Officials say the tolls would improve roads and cut down on travel time. But the high price tag for the fixes is high: between $4.7 million and $3 billion dollars.

Some citizens are already expressing their disapproval. Virginia Trucking Association head Dale Bennett thinks truckers would be greatly affected by the tolls.

"They're out there to do a job, and to fill a need that we as consumers have."

Bennett believes the tolls will hurt drivers, and local businesses.

"By putting a toll on the system that cars and trucks should be using, you're going to drive them to less suitable roads, and create problems for communities that are located along those smaller roads."

Who is responsible for repairing the aging highway system? According to Bennett, it's the government's job, not drivers.

"We just think tolling is the absolute wrong way to take money from our highway users, to pay for our roads,"

There are no state or federal funds allotted towards an Interstate 64 toll project at this time, and no agreement as of yet to toll the highway.

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