Hampton Roads Bridge and Tunnel Authority; created. (HB1999)

Introduced By

Del. Terrie Suit (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hampton Roads Bridge and Tunnel Authority. Establishes the Hampton Roads Bridge and Tunnel Authority and transfers from VDOT to the Authority control of and responsibility for the James River Bridge, the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (Interstate Route 664 bridge-tunnel across/beneath Hampton Roads between Newport News and Suffolk), the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (Interstate Route 64 and U.S. Route 60 bridge-tunnel across/beneath Hampton Roads between Hampton and Norfolk), the Midtown Tunnel (U.S. Route 58 tunnel beneath the Elizabeth River between Norfolk and Portsmouth), the Downtown Tunnel (Interstate Route 264 tunnel beneath the Elizabeth River between Norfolk and Portsmouth), the Interstate Route 64 bridge over the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (U.S. Route 13 bridge-tunnel across/beneath the Chesapeake Bay between Virginia Beach and Northampton County). The bill allows the Authority to impose and collect tolls for the use of these facilities. The Authority's creation is subject to an affirmative vote of six or more of the local governing bodies of localities embraced by the Authority. Any local governing body that has not voted on participation in the Authority by January 1, 2008, will be deemed to have voted in favor of participation. The bill also provides that nothing in the measure is to be construed to authorize the Authority to impose or collect any tax or fee except for the authorized tolls, nor are the bill's provisions to be construed as permitting the imposition and collection of any tax or fee for the benefit of the Authority by any local government represented on the Authority. The bill additionally provides that on or before July 1, 2008, every agency of the Commonwealth or any political subdivision or instrumentality thereof having control of or day-to-day responsibility for the operation of any toll facility in the Commonwealth shall take all necessary actions to ensure that every toll facility under its control is capable of fully automated electronic operation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 076352536
01/08/2007Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/22/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB1999)


This bill mentions Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Isle of Wight, Chesapeake Bay Bridge, James River Bridge, Newport News, Newport News, Richmond.


Peg Volk writes:

This is another try by Wardrup (via Suit) to rob the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) Authority. He's been angling (salivating) for these dollars ever since he changed the process of appointment to the board and then got himself appointed. He's not on the board now and has no respect for the successful autonomy of the CBBT and the safety (new tunnels) of the citizens of the Eastern Shore.