Don’t Eliminate Turnpike Tolls

West Virginia is hundreds of millions of dollars a year short of what is needed to maintain highways and bridges adequately. So why on earth would we throw away $80 million we’re already receiving for the purpose?

About $80 million a year is collected at toll booths along the West Virginia Turnpike between Charleston and Princeton. It is estimated about $60 million of that is paid by motorists from other states who are passing through ours.

Yet the House of Delegates has approved a bill to eliminate tolls on the turnpike by 2020.

Talk about taking a wrong turn. Again, three-fourths of the tolls are paid by out-of-state motorists. Giving up what they pay to use our roads would be foolish. State senators should refuse to approve the bill.