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.