WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – On October 28th, the Massachusetts Turnpike will convert to All-Electronic Tolling. Overhead gantries will replace the toll booths which will be demolished starting that same day.
Not everyone is happy about going all-electronic. “I would have to wait for a statement to come from the Commonwealth, before I could submit it to my employer. Therefore, money is being taken out of my pocket and tied up,” said Rob Hayward of West Springfield.
Phase 1 of the toll booth demolition will center on Exits 3 through Exit 8. Traffic will continue to flow, but only on the outside lanes at first. The middle toll lanes will be closed for 23 days, and construction will take place 24-7.
“Following that, traffic patterns will go into the middle, where the construction was and the demolition will take place on the outside lanes,” said District 2 Highway Director Patrick Paul of MassDOT.
Traffic will be impacted, but it will be minimal, according to MassDOT. Paul said the removal of tolls will save drivers time and gas.
All-Electronic Tolling will scan your vehicle at highway speeds, instead of slowing down at toll plazas. MassDOT said 64% of E-ZPass trips will either cost the same or less. For instance, traveling from the New York line to Boston will drop from the current $6.60 to $5.95 with an E-ZPass transponder.