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By David Schultz
Virginia currently has permission to build a toll plaza on I-81. But it wants to switch to I-95, one of the most heavily trafficked highways in the country. Virginia is asking the federal government for permission to build a toll plaza on I-95 near the North Carolina border.
Sean Connaughton, Virginia's Secretary of Transportation, says money from the tolls would go toward road improvements.
"We have already identified close to $600 million worth of improvements that need to be made, just from the North Carolina border to Fredericksburg," says Connaughton.
Of course, that excludes everything north of Fredericksburg - i.e. Northern Virginia.
Connaughton says Northern Virginia will receive its own toll revenue from the planned High-Occupancy Toll Lanes on I-95.
"So if that project moves forward we'll be making a lot of improvements in that corridor," he says.
But that's a big "if." The High-Occupancy Toll lane project doesn't have funding yet, and Arlington County is suing to block it.