New Toll Collection System Will Soon be in Place

A new system will replace this one/© Janie Rosman 2015

A new system will replace this one/© Janie Rosman 2015

In a letter to Village of South Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian, dated June 13, 2013, Project Director Peter Sanderson wrote, “The design-build contract with Tappan Zee Constructors LLC includes the erection of a temporary overhead gantry to support electronic toll collection at Interchange 10.”

There will be no toll booths or stopping/starting vehicles, Sanderson wrote, and the Thruway will neither be widened, nor will additional lanes be added.

“Upon completion of the new bridge with its permanent toll facilities in Tarrytown, the temporary gantry with toll equipment will be removed from Interchange 10,” he wrote.

It’ll be up and running, ready for testing this year, and will start collecting tolls later this year or early 2016, when the first span opens. Whoosh!

That’s. Very. Soon.

Motorists will be able to drive through the gantry at normal (regular) highway speeds without braking as is required now, thanks to the gantry’s cameras and other equipment.

The temporary system will be tested this fall for implementation next spring. During the testing period, drivers won’t be charge or affected by the gantry, and yes, they’ll still have to pay in Tarrytown when driving from Rockland . . . until it closes, and a new system is built in its place.

And for now, it’s still $5 cash.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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