The toll of tunnel tolls on a Chesapeake trucking company

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WAVY-TV

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Toll hikes at the Downtown and Midtown tunnels are coming in January, and 10 On Your Side is looking into the impact it will have on truckers, and by extension, the local economy.

Truckers who travel through the Downtown Tunnel pay $4 during peak traffic hours and $2.25 during non-peak hours.

At Puryear Trucking in Chesapeake, owner Randy Menefee has learned how to work smarter to give less tolls to ERC: “Some of it has to do with changing routes and schedules, and most of it has to do with not doing as much work on the other side of the tunnel. We just don’t make that many trips over there anymore,” he told WAVY.com.

When tolls were first announced, Menefee feared the worst. He thought he would pay $50,000 to $70,000 a year in tolls. But nine months later, he’s only put…

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