BOSTON (WWLP) – Progress is being made on Interstate 90, the Massachusetts Turnpike. 400 personnel, from construction crews to law enforcement, worked overnight Tuesday to tear down close to two dozen toll plazas as the state transitions to the new cashless tolling system.
State Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin said construction is ahead of schedule because people are changing their driving patterns. He said, “People have absolutely changed some behaviors. They’re leaving at different times and I think that is allowing us to continue to trend ahead on our schedule.”
The new electronic tolling system has processed more than four-million transaction since the program launched Friday night. 83% of those were EZ Pass transactions. Tinlin said traffic on the Mass Pike increased slightly on Tuesday, which is normal for the morning commute.
The Massachusetts State Police said so far, there haven’t been any major incidents near construction zones. The speed limit near the toll plazas remains at 15 mph.
“There’s a lot of construction personnel and we have a lot of police presence there. I’d like to remind people to maintain the low speed going through those; we want to keep everybody safe out there,” said Major Terry Hanson of the Massachusetts State Police.
The new EZ Pass website also launched ahead of the schedule. You’ll need your E-Z Pass account and pin number on-hand for access.
MassDOT said the EZ Pass call center is getting a higher volume of calls, so expect a wait if you need assistance logging into the new website.