The plan, which will be finalized at the commission's final meeting later this month, also includes gradual increases to the tolls, although it's still unclear at this point how much tolls would increase.
"It's something we don't want to happen overnight," Pizatella said after the meeting.
He said raising tolls is an attractive option for generating road funds because 75 percent of the tolls paid on the Turnpike come from out-of-state drivers.
West Virginia drivers using an EZ Pass also would be temporarily insulated from the toll increases. The plan includes a five-year freeze on toll rates for EZ Pass users.
Jan Vineyard, chairwoman of the commission's outreach committee, said keeping tolls on the Turnpike received wide support at meetings all over West Virginia.
"We expected to see that in the Wheeling area and Fairmont area. We were surprised in the southern part of West Virginia," she said.
The commission will finalize its recommendations for the West Virginia Turnpike at its next meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19.
Also Wednesday, commission members recommended the state Division of Highways institute a "focused personnel management program."
Vineyard told state Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox there is a perception among state residents that Highways workers aren't working hard enough.
"I think the public needs to know you're doing your part before we ask them to step up to do anything else," she said.
Delegate Margaret Staggers, D-Fayette, agreed.
"That's the perception around the state, they're standing around not doing anything," she said.
Staggers said even if that is not true, the Division of Highways should train employees to get out of public view if they need to take a break, instead of leaning on a shovel.
The Governor's Office originally expected the Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways' final report by July 1. Pizatella said he hopes the group will finish its entire report by the end of September.
He said discussions on the state's road problems and funding issues will continue, however.
"It won't end with the committee's full report," he said. "I don't think the governor expects this commission or drivers to solve this problem overnight."