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Editorial: A good fight

It’s been 20 years since the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge was widened to four lanes at a cost of $97 million.

It’s been a decade since Gloucester’s then-Del. Harvey Morgan tried—unsuccessfully—to get the tolls on the bridge removed.

Since then, little has been said or done about the Coleman Bridge tolls. Commuters have just grudgingly paid it, mumbling under their breath as the E-ZPass device ticks off another 85¢.

Now, the latest Don Quixote in this story—Gloucester County supervisor Phillip Bazzani—has picked up the lance to make another run at the ferocious giant that is the Virginia General Assembly. He is asking, at a minimum, that the debt be refinanced and the savings passed along to commuters in the form of reduced tolls.

It’s a matter of fairness, Bazzani said. When the toll was imposed in 1996, it was with the understanding that it would take 25 years to pay off the cost of the widening project. Since that time, th...

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