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Tolls are here to stay for a while

It looks like Gloucester residents and others who travel across the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge will be on the hook for tolls through 2032.

This is according to John Lawson, chief financial officer for the Virginia Department of Transportation, who made a presentation on the Coleman tolls to the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse.

For just over a year, Gloucester County Administrator Brent Fedors and Phillip Bazzani, York District representative on the Gloucester Board of Supervisors, have been meeting with high-level VDOT officials and Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation to try to come to an understanding of where things are with the tolls on the Coleman. According to Fedors, much progress has been made, closing the gap of the anticipated removal of the tolls since deliberations began.

Lawson provided a brief history of the tolls on the bridge, saying that the Virginia General Assembly authorized the issuance of $38.1 mill...

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