March 10, 2014
Two years after he first floated the idea, Storey County Commissioner Greg "Bum" Hess is renewing his call for the first toll road in Nevada in more than a century.
Hess says a toll is necessary on Six Mile Canyon Road near
Virginia City, because traffic continues to increase and the
cash-strapped county can't afford to maintain the rural road.
Under his plan, the winding route that links the fast-growing
Dayton area in neighboring Lyon County with Reno in Washoe County
would become a pay-for-use-roadway - but only for outsiders.
But his colleagues on the three-member commission say they're
NOT prepared to support the toll.
Lyon County residents who use the road to get to Reno oppose the
Hess says he's considering a one-way toll of one dollar or two
dollars per vehicle. Storey residents and those who work in the
county would be exempt.
Toll roads were common during Nevada's infancy in the 1800s.