The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is considering a plan to transform 325 miles of I-81 into the nation's first toll truckway. The proposal, submitted by a consortium of companies called STAR Solutions, would add four additional truck-only lanes and some general-use lanes at a cost of up to $13 billion.
She adds that the truckway would bring many of the health problems associated with big city pollution: asthma, lung cancer, heart attacks, and even more deadly accidents caused by increased traffic and the estimated 15 years of construction.
"Toll truckways would be freeways-within-the-freeway and provide a system geared toward safer, more productive trucks," said Robert Poole, director of transportation studies at the Reason Foundation and co-author of the report, in a press release.
Don Young, Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, expressed general support for the concept of toll truckways but noted several concerns.
might well have a standard two-lane cross-section with occasional passing sections and could then fit into an abandoned railway reservation or alongside major electric transmission lines, or be sunk in a trench or even a tunnel.