Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

May 2, 2013

Keep tolls, abolish turnpike authority

— — May I weigh in on the turnpike tolls. I feel there is no way the turnpike can be maintained without tolls. The state just can’t afford it. Even Virginia is looking at tolls to maintain its roads. Having said that, I think the road is about 88 miles long and is always being worked on, yet many sections are in poor repair.

No 88-mile section of I-81 has near the maintenance that the turnpike has, and just as much traffic. It might suggest that the authority has substandard work done to necessitate more frequent maintenance.

 I feel the sole purpose of the turnpike authority is to maintain its own existence. When the bonds are paid off they should be abolished saving a lot of money including Mr. Barr’s high salary.

The many fine turnpike workers and supervisors, should be transferred to the Department of Highways, which has the right staff to supervise the maintenance.

No real worker jobs lost. The collected toll money should go to the Department of Highways, which might even have enough to help with other state roads. For the people of West Virginia, all vehicles with a state inspection sticker should be given a discount.

The stickers are easily seen by toll collectors.

Charles Hampton Sr.


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