Construction You See Near Exit 10 is Progressing

Rendering of gantry that will soon be up and running/New York State Thruway Authority

Rendering of gantry that will soon be up and running/New York State Thruway Authority

An electronic toll collection system now being installed over the southbound Thruway in South Nyack will be up and running and ready for testing this year, and will start collecting tolls later this year or early 2016, when the first span opens.

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.

No more waiting in line for someone (used to be me) who is looking for money or worse, throwing it into the coin box (remember those?) and missing.

Motorists who do not have E-ZPass® tags need not feel left out; cameras will take pictures of license plates and mail each driver a bill for the toll fee.

The temporary system will be tested this fall for implementation next spring. During the testing period, drivers won’t be charged 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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