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Old 06-24-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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To allow construction crews to construct a toll booth somewhere North of I-68, the opening of WV 43 has been delayed until the spring of 2011.

That doesn't make much sense to put a toll plaza on that short stretch of highway.

http://www.centredaily.com/2010/06/24/2058226/doh-mon-fayette-expressway-opening.html (broken link)

Also, wonder why they're allowed to put tolls on that road when all construction (except for the southern interchange) was funded by West Virginia tax payers?

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Old 06-24-2010, 08:24 PM
 
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To allow construction crews to construct a toll booth somewhere North of I-68, the opening of WV 43 has been delayed until the spring of 2011.

That doesn't make much sense to put a toll plaza on that short stretch of highway.

DOH: Mon-Fayette Expressway opening spring 2011 - State | Centre Daily Times - State College, PA | Penn State, Nittany Lions, weather, news, jobs, homes, apartments, real estate (http://www.centredaily.com/2010/06/24/2058226/doh-mon-fayette-expressway-opening.html - broken link)

Also, wonder why they're allowed to put tolls on that road when all construction (except for the southern interchange) was funded by West Virginia tax payers?
Actually, I think most of the funding is Federal. Tolls make no sense there at all.
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:32 PM
 
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Crazy, for sure. Is this any different than the Southern WV Tax commonly referred to as the WV Turnpike?
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:06 AM
 
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From what I understand, the West Virginia Turnpike collects tolls to maintain and improve the highway in conjunction with financing its debt. West Virginia's section of the Mon-Fayette Expressway was financed primarily through West Virginia fuel excises. The interchange at I-68 was financed through the federal stimulus program (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). According to an article in the Dominion Post, officials claim that the MFE tolls in WV will be used simply to maintain that stretch of highway; therefore, unlike the PA side, the WV toll should be minimal. Also, the MFE will be managed by the West Virginia Parkways Authority (which manages the WV Turnpike).

Article: http://ee.dominionpost.com/Olive/ODE...&view=ZW50aXR5

The proposal to use the existing toll plaza in Pennsylvania to collect a toll on West Virginia's behalf actually made sense. And, West Virginia wouldn't have had to pay to install a toll plaza!!! Of course, the state legislature rejected that proposal. That was to be expected, though because politicians have a terrible habit of doing the opposite of what actually makes sense.

It seems that the one-mile section between the southern and northern interchange will remain toll free. The toll plaza will likely be located just north of that northern interchange. Anyway, I hope they have the sense to install E-ZPass Express Lanes.

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Old 06-25-2010, 05:51 AM
 
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I hope they have sense to do that, and I hope we have sense to vote out every bozo incumbant politico regardless of party.
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:01 AM
 
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This shows the stupidity of our WV Highway Commission.

Why not have the Pennsylvania Toll Officials add a reasonable charge to their toll and send Charleston a check every month?

(We have Surcharges on many other services and utilities now and our businesses carry the work load of getting the money to them.)

I'll answer that one for you? If that was done, It would be difficult to skim the proceeds.

If you look into the fine print about the funding of WV Highways...much of the loan money comes through the Penn-Dot System...

A system that has been managed very well and carries a surplus of over 3 Billion dollars as we speak.

This item has been the laugher for me today...
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Old 06-25-2010, 04:17 PM
 
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Photo Op Joe probably wants to grease some of his cronies skids with the proceeds.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:31 PM
 
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I'll miss that five-mile stretch of 857 into Cheat Lake though... the guardrails along there, especially at the hairpin, must have lots of stories to tell.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:40 PM
 
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The guiderail at the hairpin turn is always mangled!
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:26 PM
 
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I want to make sure I understand this correctly. So there will be TWO toll plazas between Cheat Lake and Uniontown? That sounds expensive for daily commuters!
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