Pocahontas Parkway tolls to increase on Jan. 4, 2016

Tolls on Pocahontas Parkway will rise to $4 at the Main Plaza and to $2.25 at the Laburnum/New Market and Airport Drive ramp toll points, beginning Jan. 4, 2016.

The toll increase is in accordance with the applicable schedule of permitted toll increases approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation in 2006.

Tolls on the Parkway last were raised three years ago, in January 2013, with a top price of $3.25 at the Main Plaza and $1.50 at the secondary toll points.

“Increased toll revenue will go toward operations and maintenance of the road, and to pay for the cost of financing the road,” said Mary Ellin Arch, spokeswoman for Pocahontas Parkway. A major resurfacing of the Parkway is scheduled for 2016-2017.

Multi-axle vehicles will pay $1 more per axle over the $4 toll at the Main Plaza, with the maximum toll $8 for six axles or more. The $2.25 toll at the Laburnum/New Market and Airport Drive ramp toll points is the same for all vehicles, no matter the number of axles.

Those traveling on Pocahontas Parkway pay either the Main Plaza price or the lower price at a ramp toll point, but never both during a single trip. The price paid depends on the individual trip, with the higher price charged to customers who pass through the Main Plaza and cross the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge over the James River, and the lower price charged to customers who do not pass through the Main Plaza on a trip between a ramp toll point and Interstate 295.

Pocahontas Parkway receives no state or federal financial support and is solely dependent on toll revenues for all operations, maintenance and financing costs.

The Parkway is operated by privately held Pocahontas Parkway Operations LLC with day-to-day operational management services provided by DBi Services.
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