Barr said there's no way to recover the processing fee, short of incorporating that expense into the toll amount.
"There's the argument that maybe we should at least charge them back for the credit card fee," he said.
• With approval from the Kanawha County Planning Commission, Barr said construction of six cell phone towers along a 20-mile stretch of the Turnpike in the county is on pace to begin in the spring.
Barr said that should eliminate cell phone service "dead spots" caused by hilly terrain in that area.
"The goal is to have as seamless coverage as possible," he said.
• In a rare move, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin chaired Thursday's meeting in order to honor the family of Cam Lewis. Lewis, who had been a Parkways commissioner for about seven years, died in March.
"My relationship with Cam goes back to the time I was first elected to the House of Delegates in the 1970s, when he was working with the Department of Highways," Tomblin said.
Tomblin said Lewis, who was 70, literally grew up with the Turnpike and liked to tell stories about watching the highway's construction as a youth.
Later Thursday, Tomblin participated in a dedication ceremony naming the new State Police Turnpike Detachment office at the foot of the Yeager Bridge in Kanawha City in honor of Lewis.
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