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Va. congressman asks feds to reject toll proposal

Tuesday - 9/11/2012, 12:04pm  ET

PETERSBURG, Va. - Congressman Ray Forbes says the federal government should reject a proposed toll plaza on Interstate 95 in Sussex County.

The Progress-Index ( http://bit.ly/QgTvlR) says Forbes sent a letter sent Monday to federal highways administrator Victor M. Mendez urging rejection of the proposal.

Forbes wrote that the proposed toll would dilute the economic benefit that Southside Virginia receives from I-95 and restrict access to the interstate. The Virginia Republican's 4th District includes the economically struggling region.

Seventeen local governments and regional government and economic development bodies in the region also oppose the toll proposal.

The state plans to use revenue from the tolls to finance upgrades to the interstate.

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Information from: The Progress-Index, http://www.progress-index.com


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