2018 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Committee Approved)

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I-81 Prioritization (language only)

Item 433 #1h

Item 433 #1h

Secretary of Transportation


Page 383, after line 43, insert:

"K.1. The Commonwealth Transportation Board is directed to study financing options for Interstate 81 corridor improvements. In conducting its study, the Board shall evaluate the feasibility of using toll financing to improve Interstate 81 throughout the Commonwealth. Such evaluation shall not consider options that toll all users of Interstate 81, and shall not consider tolls on commuters using Interstate 81, but may consider high-occupancy toll lanes established pursuant to § 33.2-502 of the Code of Virginia and tolls on heavy commercial vehicles. The Board, with the support of the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, shall develop and adopt an Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan by January 1, 2019, and shall submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an executive summary and a report of its findings and recommendations.

2. At a minimum, in the development of such Plan, the Board shall:

a. Designate specific segments of the Interstate 81 corridor for improvement;

b. Identify a targeted set of improvements for each segment that may be financed or funded in such segment and evaluated using the statewide prioritization process pursuant to § 33.2-214.1 of the Code of Virginia;

c. Ensure that in the overall plan of expenditure and distribution of any toll revenues or other financing means evaluated, each segment's total long-term benefit shall be approximately equal to the proportion of the total of the toll revenues collected that are attributable to such segment divided by the total of such toll revenues collected;

d. Study truck travel patterns along the Interstate 81 corridor and analyze policies that minimize the impact on local truck traffic;

e. Identify incident management strategies corridor-wide;

f. Ensure that any revenues collected on Interstate 81 be used only for the benefit of that corridor;

g. Identify actions and policies that will be implemented to minimize the diversion of truck traffic from the Interstate 81 corridor, including the prohibition of through trucks on parallel routes; and

h. Determine potential solutions to address truck parking needs along the Interstate 81 corridor."


(This amendment directs the Commonwealth Transportation Board to study opportunities to make improvements along the Interstate 81 Corridor and report its findings to the General Assembly by January 1, 2019.)