New sales tax brings in 9.5 million for road repairs

Posted at 11:37 PM, Oct 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-24 23:37:07-04

For months people in Hampton Roads have been coughing up more money after leaders in Richmond raised the region's sales tax to six percent.

The sales tax here and in Northern Virginia is a half percent more than the rest of the state. That's to ease gridlock on Hampton Roads' congested highways.

It's expected to bring in 170 million additional dollars every year to the region.
The first results are coming in for the plan's success.

The new sales tax brought in 9.5 million dollars, just a shade less than what was expected.
With all the new money, the Commonwealth Transportation Board is figuring out how to use it all.

The plan for now is to finish up road work on the existing six year plan, so the money won't go towards new roads, but fixing the battered existing ones.

Hampton Roads will receive 2.7 billion dollars over that period, that's the most of any region in the Commonwealth.

The goal is to make Virginia's roads better, and then in a few years decide what new projects need to be done.

For now, drivers are just hoping the sales tax money keeps coming in, and the roads start evening out.