PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Just one week is left before the matter of tunnel tolls in Hampton Roads is debated before the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond.
Last spring a Portsmouth judge ruled tolls on the Downtown and Midtown tunnels -- that connect Portsmouth and Norfolk -- are unconstitutional. Rightly so, says Terry Danaher of the group Citizens Against Unfair Tolls.
"These tolls, because of the way the contract was done and the fact that the public private transportation act is unconstitutional, the whole ball of wax is unconstitutional," Terry told WAVY.com. "We believe our attorneys have made a wonderful case."
The group plans to take a bus load of its supporters to Richmond next Wednesday for that hearing before the state's high court.
Many who frequent downtown Portsmouth are are concerned with the prospect of tunnel tolls, especially business owners.
"If they have tolls, we might as well just close up and move and go somewhere else," said Albert Usonis, who ownse the Blue Wasabi Sushi Bar.
However, there are others with a more moderate position, such as manager of Griff's Restaurant and Sports Bar on High Street, Josh Bowen.
"I believe that people will keep going through the tunnels because they have to," he said. "I don't think it's going to affect too much."
Count on WAVY.com and WAVY News 10 on air to keep you up to date on the tunnel tolls proceedings.
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