Time running out on West Virginia EZ Pass deal
CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that time is running out on a special deal to purchase the EZ Pass.
“There are only a few days left to get three years of unlimited use of the West Virginia Turnpike,” the announcement said. “Until Dec. 31, you can purchase an EZ Pass plan for $24 per vehicle and $13 for the transponder.”
Tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike will double starting next year. Rates at three toll booths will increase from $2 to $4 for passenger cars starting Jan. 1.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, anyone looking to purchase a pass can pay $25 per year for unlimited toll use. After 2021, all drivers will pay $25 a year for the EZ Pass.
There are three mainline toll plazas on the West Virginia Turnpike. They are located at Chelyan (Toll Plaza C) at milepost 83, Pax (Toll Plaza B) at milepost 56 and Ghent (Toll Plaza A) at milepost 30. There is also one side toll located on W.Va. 19 at the North Beckley Exit (Exit 48).
This is the first toll increase since 2009, when it went from $1.25 to $2.
The toll changes were approved by Gov. Jim Justice in 2017 as a part of the “Roads to Prosperity” program. The money generated by the increase in tolls will finance more than $300 million in bonds, which will go to the West Virginia Department of Transportation to pay for road projects in 10 counties in southern West Virginia.
Those still wanting to get the special three-year deal can sign up online at www.transportation.wv.gov/turnpike, sign up by telephone by calling 800-206-6222 or stop by the West Virginia Parkways Authority office in Charleston at 3310 Piedmont Road.
On Thursday, a high volume of online users had slowed wvturnpike.com, causing technical issues with online EZ Pass sign-ups. DOT officials said they were working to resolve the issue and would continue to process sign-ups in-person at the Charleston office.