Local government officials from along the I-95 corridor in Virginia met Wednesday, Aug. 15 in Petersburg to discuss how they will work together to oppose the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) proposal to toll I-95. For many of these local leaders it was their second face-to-face meeting to coordinate efforts to keep tolls off of I-95. Wednesday’s meeting included representatives from Dinwiddie County, Greensville County, Sussex County, Town of Stony Creek, Town of Jarrett and City of Emporia, City of Hopewell, and City of Petersburg. To date, fifteen localities have passed resolutions in opposition to the Governor’s toll plan and join a growing number of businesses, economic development partnerships, associations and thousands of individual citizens that have voiced their opposition to tolling I-95.
The localities that have passed resolutions in opposition to tolling I-95 include the counties of Dinwiddie, Greensville, Hanover and Sussex; the towns of Ashland, Dumfries, Jarratt, Stony Creek and Wakefield; and the cities of Emporia and Petersburg. The following localities joined last week the growing list of localities in opposition to tolls on I-95; Prince George County, Spotsylvania County, City of Hopewell and the Town of Waverly.
Representatives from the local governments participating in the meeting cited the following reasons for their opposition: