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Pocahontas Parkway toll to increase

RICHMOND, Va. — The toll for two-axle vehicles on Pocahontas Parkway will rise 15 cents (2.8 percent) to $4.30 at the Main Plaza and 10 cents to $2.45 at the Laburnum/New Market and Airport Drive ramp toll points, according to the company that manages the toll road. The increase takes effect January 3, 2018.

“Pocahontas Parkway receives no state or federal financial support and is solely dependent on toll revenues for all operations, maintenance and financing costs. Increased toll revenue will go toward operations and maintenance of the road, and to pay for the cost of financing the road,” the company stated. “A major resurfacing of the Parkway was completed in fall 2017 and a complete replacement of the automatic tolling system is currently being conducted, resulting in a smoother ride and improved service for all customers.”

“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 spokesperson said. “The price paid depends on the individual trip. The higher price is charged to customers who pass through the Main Plaza and cross the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge over the James River. 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.”