CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Starting at 10:00 Friday night, a system of gantries is being activated, which will read E-ZPass transponders or license plates in order to collect Massachusetts Turnpike tolls.
The gantries, which have been up for quite some time now, are spaced out across different locations along the Mass Pike, from Lee to Allston/Brighton. The spacing of the gantries was determined following a study by the firm AECOM, which considered traffic volume and the layout of the highway.
The original plan was to place the gantries between all of the exits on the Pike, but the study found that wouldn’t necessarily be cost-effective, especially given how close some of the exits in the Springfield and Worcester area are together. The Turnpike through western and central Massachusetts also generally has a much lower travel volume than the section of the Pike east of I-495.
As a result, many western Massachusetts drivers who use the Pike will not be paying any toll to use it, as there are no gantries between Exits 4 in West Springfield and 7 in Ludlow. Drivers approaching the Springfield area from Westfield or Palmer, however, will pass through a gantry.
A similar gap in the gantries exists in the Worcester area between Exits 10 in Auburn and 11 in Millbury.
Gantries are located in the following locations along the Pike:
- Lee (Between Exits 1 & 2)
- Blandford (Between Exits 2 & 3)
- Westfield (Between Exits 3 & 4)
- Ludlow (Between Exits 7 & 8)
- Warren (Between Exits 8 & 9)
- Charlton (Between Exits 9 & 10)
- Hopkinton (Between Exits 11 & 11A)
- Southborough (Between Exits 11A & 12)
- Framingham (Between Exits 12 & 13)
- Weston (Between Exits 13 & 14)
- Newton (Between Exits 16 & 17)
- Brighton (At 130 Mile Marker)
- Allston (At 131 Mile Marker)