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The toll on the 16-mile Chesapeake Expressway is tripling -- to $6 each way on summer weekends starting Sunday, and increasing to $3 on weekdays.
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The toll on the 16-mile Chesapeake Expressway is tripling -- to $6 each way on summer weekends starting Sunday, and increasing to $3 on weekdays.

The toll on the 16-mile Chesapeake Expressway is tripling -- to $6 each way on summer weekends starting Sunday, and increasing to $3 on weekdays.

The expressway is the primary route tourists visiting the Outer Banks from Richmond, Washington and the Northeast take to barrier islands in northeast North Carolina.

Chesapeake officials say the fare hike is necessary to maintain the 10-year-old road and pay off the loans it took out to build it.

But tourism leaders in North Carolina's beach communities say the hike is too much too soon, and worry that it could scare off vacationers already burdened with high gas prices.

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