Company pays toll relief for those stuck in big traffic jam
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – A construction company is reimbursing tolls for drivers after one of its trucks caused a 17-hour traffic jam in Virginia.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that more than 3,000 drivers have gotten $44,000 so far. Those drivers paid to cross the 17-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel that connects Virginia Beach with the Eastern Shore.
The toll-relief fund is being paid for by Chesapeake Tunnel Joint Venture, which is constructing a new parallel tunnel.
Last week, one of its trucks was carrying an 11-ton piece of equipment when it struck the current tunnel’s ceiling.
A one-way trip across the bridge-tunnel can cost $13 for passenger cars if they’re not frequent users.
Joint Venture’s project executive, John Hellman, said that toll relief was “the right thing to do.”