Bi-partisan toll proposal would charge cars $24 to drive through Va. on I-81

State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Rockingham.

Under a tolling proposal to fund $2.2 billion in upgrades to Interstate 81, drivers would pay $24 traverse all 325 miles of the roadway in Virginia.

Commercial trucks would pay twice as much, about $48.

That breaks down to 7.5 cents per mile for passenger vehicles and 15 cents per mile.

The rates would be cheaper at night and state residents would also be able to buy a $30-per-year pass.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced the plan Tuesday. It’s already been endorsed by Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Rockingham, who is carrying the legislation in the Senate, said lawmakers also plan to provide a $5-per-year pass that would cover short commutes along the roadway.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the trucking industry is opposed to the changes.

Northam said the changes are critical to “enhance the safety and improve the reliability of this key corridor,” which suffers frequent delays and congestion.