Morgan County brief

June 07, 2008

Commissioners seek more information on 522 toll road

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Questions need to be answered regarding a possible toll road on U.S. 522, Morgan County Commission President Glen R. Stotler said during Friday's commission meeting.

At Friday's meeting, the commission discussed the West Virginia Department of Highways traffic and revenue study that explored the feasibility of a toll road on U.S. 522.

The study found it to be a "possible candidate to support tolls," according to the May 22 edition of Highway News, a Department of Highways newsletter.


"However, that decision would have to be made with community support," the newsletter stated.

Stotler said the commission was not informed a study was being done.

"Before we take a position, we need more information," he said.

According to the newsletter, "The study was done for informational purposes in an effort to help local communities make informed decisions about how to meet their current road construction and maintenance needs."

Commissioner Brenda J. Hutchinson said she requested assistance from Mary Jo Brown, the regional assistant to Gov. Joe Manchin, for someone to talk to the commission to give them more information.

Stotler said a letter will be sent to state Transportation Secretary Paul Maddox requesting that he or a representative attend a commission meeting to discuss the issue.

About 19 miles of U.S. 522 run through Morgan County between Washington County and Frederick County, Va.

- Trish Rudder

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