2012-06-21 / News

Open-road tolling just days away

With open-road tolling just days away, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is getting the word out to drivers about the changes. Under the new system, the new left lanes are for the exclusive use of vehicles with E-ZPass transponders. The gates have been removed so vehicles can drive through without stopping. Drivers can still use the gated lanes if they prefer – E-ZPass will be accepted in all lanes.

The new open-road tolling lanes will open at the end of June. For drivers traveling westbound and wish to use the Jamestown exit, RITBA asks that vehicles use the far right lane. Lane dividers in the open-road tolling lanes will prevent drivers from crossing over lanes to get to the exit. If drivers use a lane other than the far-right lane, they will have to continue on to a further exit and then backtrack to their destination.

The speed limit in the openroad tolling lanes is 40 mph. If a transponder isn’t mounted correctly, it can’t be read and will trigger a violation notice. To avoid the hassle of contesting the unpaid toll notice, mount the transponder correctly. If needed, the authority will provide an extra set of mounting strips free.

How does RITBA know if cars without E-ZPass transponders are in the open-road-tolling lanes? Cameras are positioned on the gantry and take photographs of license plates. When vehicles pass through without paying tolls, the owner of the vehicle’s registration will receive a notice in the mail to pay the fine as well as the toll.

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