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Obsolete Richmond Petersburg Virginia Turnpike Authority Police Style Badge For Sale
This is a rare obsolete and numbered Richmond Petersburg, Virginia Turnpike Authority Badge Set that was used by employees at the toll booths.They are silver in color and is in very good condition. They are both approximately 2.5 inches high by 1.5 inches wide. The badge with the pin back shows some signs of honest wear while the cap badge is in like new condition as it may have never been worn.
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NOTE FOR : This is an OBSOLETE badge set that carries no authority and is being sold as a collectible The Turnpike Booths closed in 1992.
History of the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike:
The Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike was a toll road located in the Richmond-Petersburg region of central Virginia.
After World War II, along a heavily-traveled East Coast highway corridor between Florida and the northEastern United States, along the fall line in Central Virginia, major traffic overloads occurred in the area around Richmond and Petersburg along U.S. Route 1 and U.S. Route 301. This was particularly true w these two major routes shared the same roadway for much of the distance between the two cities, as well as bridges across the James River and Appomattox River.
To help alleviate the problems, in 1955 the Virginia General Assembly created a political subdivision, the Richmond Petersburg Turnpike Authority. The authority was administered by a board of directors. Its members were appointed by the local governing bodies of the jurisdictions through which the turnpike passed. One member from each locality. It was given the mission to sell toll revenue bonds to build and operate a new toll highway parallel to the existing Routes 1 and 301 between Henrico County just north of Richmond and Dinwiddie County just south of Petersburg, with new bridges over the two major rivers. Opened in 1958, and funded through toll revenue bonds, it was conceived prior to the creation of the Interstate Highway System.
Tolls were removed completely in 1992. Today, the former Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike forms 30 miles of Interstate 95 in central Virginia, as well as the northernmost 5 miles of Interstate 85 in Petersburg and Dinwiddie County.