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Virginia highway hoopla

You will never believe this one.

OK, you will. The Virginia Department of Transportation is brewing up a bad batch of asphalt. The ramirications are serious. The News-Virginian has an extensive report.

On the massive, 148-mile New Jersey Turnpike, it can get as wide as 14 lanes on the toll road, with separate, dedicated lanes for trucks going in both directions.

Tolls there, which average $1.21 per trip, according to New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, are set for a dramatic rise under his toll hike proposal, announced last week, to help pay for improvements to the turnpike’s infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the Virginia Department of Transportation has a controversial proposal on the table – the I-81 Corridor Improvement Study – that calls for widening the 325-mile stretch of Interstate 81 – which cuts through Augusta County – to four lanes going both north and south. It also has called for tolls to be established to help pay for the widening. Federal funds would also be used to pay for the I-81 work.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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