9/6/2013 10:18 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - Members of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways are finishing a plan they said would generate $1.1 billion for state infrastructure.
The commission was finalizing a report and will send it to Tomblin with a list of suggestions for how the state can raise road project funding. The group suggested that the state increase tolls on the turnpike, raise fees at the Division of Motor Vehicles by $77.4 million, and create a $200 annual registration fee for alternative fuel vehicles.
The commission's suggestions, they said, would generate more than $100 million and members believe an additional billion dollars can be brought in by borrowing money through road bonds.