CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) – This week the final two bridge spans on Dominion Blvd. opened up to drivers. One northbound lane remains closed, but should be open by the end of this week.
The expansion of the bridge is supposed to ease traffic, but a faster commute comes with a price. In about a month from now, toll fees will kick in to pay for the project. The toll testing period began this week and will last for about 30 days. Drivers will not be charged during this time. Once the testing period is over, passenger vehicles will be charged $1 with an EZ pass and $3 without one.
Some commuters are looking forward to less congestion, while others think the toll isn't worth it.
“It’s a pain in the neck. Hopefully it will be easier to use when they finish it,” Harry Mason said.
“I think that’s kind of high. I think they need a toll to help pay for it, but I think the cost is too high. Maybe 50 cents or a special better deal if you get the EZ pass,” Joanne Mason said.
Drivers like Ronald Humphrey say people who use Dominion Blvd. two or three times a day will likely find a different route to avoid the tolls.
“If I could avoid paying tolls I would,” he said.