A plague on southern West Virginians — Stronger subsidy for turnpike is unacceptableThe sad fact is, there is only one way to get from Bluefield to Charleston unless you sprout wings or take a circuitous route that takes days off your life. And a number of people from southern West Virginia work in Charleston and have to drive the West Virginia Turnpike (I-77) every day. With three toll booths awaiting them. $2.00 per booth. Up and back. Every day.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The whirlwind of anger grows as the black hole of questions deepens. Mercer County hasn’t often stood shoulder to shoulder on local issues, but this time, it’s different. This time, we’re all looking at the same attackers, the same insults, the same long-term threat, the same inequality from greedy schemers to the north.This time, we want — no, demand — fair play, nothing more, nothing less.We demand the suspension of elevated turnpike tolls until an acceptable resolution is reached. The toll increase is nothing more than a blatant tax designed to burden Mercer County and southern West
The toll, by the way, increased 60% on January 1.
My biggest complaint with the system - besides the aggravating delays and long lines on a Friday afternoon - is that the West Virginia Turnpike is the poorest maintained highway in the region. I drive 'em all. I know. It's bad enough if you're driving a modern-day passenger car with a quality suspension; you'll only spill your coffee. But don't even think about driving your pick-up pulling a horse trailer. It will loosen your fillings.
In any case, the people over in Bluefield and Princeton are upset. And have good reason to be.