Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 22, 2013

Tolls should be spread across state

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— With all the talk about toll roads going on, I think it’s unfair that the southern half of West Virginia has to bear the brunt of the expense. My solution to the problem would be to not get rid of them but to strategically replace them.

West Virginia has three major interstate roads: Interstate 77, Interstate 64 and Interstate 79. My proposal would be to take the two tolls off mile markers 28 and 56 (leaving just one toll at mile marker 82 for southern travel) and put the others outside the metro areas between Clarksburg and Charleston on Interstate 79, with the second between Hurricane and Huntington on Interstate 64.

I would even hint at adding a fourth on the northern section of Interstate 77 somewhere north of Sissonville.

Since all Interstate roads lead to Charleston, then everyone would pay a fair share and not bust your wallet for a 90-or-so mile trip.

Anthony Larue