Changes coming to northern Virginia interstate

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VIRGINIA (WJHL) – Changes are coming to a heavily-traveled interstate here in the Tri-Cities. 

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation allowing for $2.2 billion worth of improvements to be made to Interstate 81. 

After years of discussion, Gov. Northam signed two bills to address some issues like frequent crashes and weather-related incidents. 

Those changes will include new cameras, message signs, and additional safety service patrols. 

Funding for the improvements will come from a new registration fee for large non-passenger vehicles. 

There will also be several new taxes, including a roads tax and diesel fuel tax. 

The changes will take effect on July 1. 

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