Several Virginia municipalities have retained legal counsel to fight Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to toll Interstate 95, which commonwealth officials have said could help close a $10 billion funding gap over the next 25 years.

Virginia received preliminary approval to toll I-95 last September, when the Federal Highway Administration granted the commonwealth one of three slots, along with North Carolina and Missouri, in the Interstate Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program. The toll revenues collected from a tolling plaza south of Petersburg could raise $155 million over five years, the Virginia Department of Transportation estimated.

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