Governor Baker: Toll booth demolition to be mostly finished by the holidays

3,000,000 transactions were processed by gantries as of 8:00 Monday morning

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BOSTON (WWLP) – Monday morning’s commute marked the first major test of the state’s new all-electronic tolling system on the Massachusetts Turnpike, and MassDOT says that everything went very well.

All-electronic tolling gantries processed close to 3,000,000 transactions as of 8:00 Monday morning without issue, MassDOT says.

Massachusetts State Police advised drivers to prepare for traffic delays as crews tear down old toll booths along the Pike. The speed limit around the construction zones has been reduced to 15 miles per hour, and drivers will be pushed to the outside lanes as crews work from the center of the highway outward.

Governor Charlie Baker told 22News that he hopes to have most of the demolition work completed before the holidays.

“The big goal for us is to have as much of this work done as we possibly can by the time we come toward the mid-part of November, when people start making plans around Thanksgiving,” Baker said.

MassDOT is encouraging drivers to plan ahead, and to allow extra time for travel.