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Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls to go up starting Sunday

Posted 1/3/18

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls for both E-ZPass and cash customers will go up by 6 percent effective Jan. 7.

The most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase from $1.23 …

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Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls to go up starting Sunday

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Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls for both E-ZPass and cash customers will go up by 6 percent effective Jan. 7.

The most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase from $1.23 to $1.30 for E-ZPass customers, and from $1.95 to $2.10 for cash customers. The most common toll for a Class-5 vehicle — a prevalent tractor-trailer class — will go from $10.17 to $10.78 for E-ZPass customers and from $14.45 to $15.35 for cash.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission made the changes during its bimonthly meeting July 18.

The increase — like increases since 2009 — is required to meet the commission’s funding obligations, the commission said in a statement. These include the commission providing funding to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to support transportation statewide, and for improvements to the turnpike’s 550-mile toll-road system.

In the current fiscal year about 85 percent of the commission’s $500 million capital budget is focused on renewing, rebuilding, and expanding the state’s toll highways which carried a record 200 million vehicles in 2016, according to the turnpike commission.

As of July, the commission had reconstructed more than 124 miles of its system, with another 20 miles of road being rebuilt and widened and more than 90 miles in planning and design phases.

In the Middletown area, the commission in 2016 completed a $47.65 million project that included replacing and widening the turnpike bridge over Vine Street. The project included widening the bridge over Swatara Creek Road in Londonderry Township, and widening the bridge over the Middletown-Hummelstown Railroad.

The commission has announced plans to replace the North Union Street bridge over the turnpike, so that the turnpike can be widened from four to six lanes. Construction to replace the bridge is to start around February 2020, and finish by Thanksgiving 2021.

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