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Pay Ahead: The Most Expensive Toll Roads In America

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Pay Ahead: The Most Expensive Toll Roads In America

No one likes toll roads but at the same time they’re necessary evils. You must, at certain points, get on a toll road in order to get from one point to another and your local government needs the money raised by toll roads to cover the expenses associated with building new roads or improving them.

Today’s toll roads are more sophisticated than ever before. You can find toll roads these days that don’t require you to stop your car and roll down a window to pay money anymore. You can simply get your license plate read by a scanner so it will identify your car in some cases. This will cause you to be billed by mail.

In some states you may be able to automatically get the expenses from tolls deducted from an account that you set up. This can work through a bar code or device in your car that is linked to get money taken out so you can be billed accordingly. It’s convenient because you can keep on moving while driving.

This convenience does come with a price. Today’s tolls are expensive because of the technology used to gather information on who goes through. The fact that roads are so expensive to build and maintain these days only make them even harder to handle.

However, there are some tolls that are more expensive than others. There are many tolls that will cost you a good amount of money for each mile you drive. These tolls can apply to all sorts of roads including a few that are only a few miles in length.

Of course, it’s all about the convenient of getting from one place to another that matters. You just might be paying more for it depending on where you go while you’re out on the road.

Note: The tolls are for passenger cars and other dual-axle cars and are organized by mile. It costs more for cars with three or more axles no matter where you go.

10. New Jersey Turnpike – 11.4 cents per mile

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The New Jersey Turnpike goes from the George Washington Bridge right outside New York to I-295 near the Delaware Memorial Bridge. This 122-mile road is a critical juncture near New York City and many urban areas within New Jersey. It costs around 11.4 cents per mile with the cost per toll varying based on the closed billing system. It costs $5.50 to go on the Delaware Memoria lBridge versus 60 cents on the transfer spot to Secaucus.

9. Florida State Road 417 – 14.3 cents per mile

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Florida State Road 417 goes 54 miles between two parts of I-4. It moves from Celebration at the south to Sanford at the north. These two suburbs of Orlando are popular for tourists but the convenience of the road will result in a total toll of $7.75 if you go the entire route. E-Pass customers can pay about 12 cents less per stop on average so the cost for those customers is still high.

8. Triangle Expressway (Raleigh) – 14.5 cents per mile

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The Triangle Expressway is a highway that covers the Raleigh-Durham area and links Durham to the southern Raleigh suburb of HollySprings as of November 2013. The road will continue to expand to cover the eastern suburbs of Raleigh in the near future. It is about 19 miles long at this point and it costs 14.5 cents per mile to go through when the NC Quick Pass system is utilized. The total cost per toll booth will vary based on the road’s distance; two booths charge 82 cents each way.

7. Texas State Highway 130 – 14.6 cents per mile

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The Texas State Highway 130 has become particularly popular for having the fastest speed limit in the United States. This toll road that links San Antonio with Austin has a speed limit of 80 miles per hour with some spots going to 85. A 41-mile segment of this highway does have a toll that costs around $6 to use if you use the entire road. Therefore, it will cost around 14.6 cents per mile to use the road.

6. SR-73 (Orange County, California) – 25 cents per mile

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SR-73 is a 12-mile toll stretch that goes between San Juan Capistrano and San Joaquin Hills in Orange County. The 25 cents per mile comes from the various different toll spots that come around the highway. It can cost $3 to get in through the El Toro/Laguna Canyon Road exit. Meanwhile, it is only $1.75 at the Bonita Canyon Drive exit. FasTrak customers can spend about a third less depending on the exits they use.

5. E-470 (Denver) – 33 cents per mile

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E-470 is a 47-mile road on the eastern end of Denver. It has five toll plazas that are evenly spaced between each other and it costs $3 to pass through each individual toll plaza. There, you’d have to spend around 33 cents per mile to go through the entire highway. People with EXpressToll accounts and transponders will save about 20% off on the toll cost. The city particularly gets plenty of money as part of this road is near the airport.

4. Delaware Turnpike – 36 cents per mile

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The Delaware Turnpike is an 11-mile road in Delaware that connects the Baltimore and Philadelphia areas together. The value of this road is important and as a result it costs $4 to get onto the road in either direction. A $32 million project to renovate the road and add transponder lanes was prepared recently, thus prompting the cost of the toll to go up by one dollar to its current value in 2007.

3. Chicago Skyway – 51.2 cents per mile

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The Chicago Skyway connects I-90 in Illinois with the Indiana Tollway. At about 7.5 miles in length, it costs $4 to get onto this toll road. This is a tall bridge that is this way because toll roads were not officially allowed within Chicago city limits when it was built in 1958. This is more expensive than longer roads in Chicago that cost 75 cents to get onto if you have an I-PASS transponder or $1.50 by mail.

2. Fort Bend Parkway (Houston) – 53.3 cents per mile

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The Fort Bend Parkway is about 7.5 miles long and costs $4 to get on. This road is located not too far from Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston. This road will lead people to the Sam Houston Tollway, a larger road that circles the entire downtown Houston area. The Fort Bend Parkway cost $60 million when it was built in 1988 and still requires plenty of maintenance.

1. 17-Mile Drive (California) – 54.4 cents per mile

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17-Mile Drive is on the Monterey Peninsula and links Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach. This California road will link between each spot with no tolls in between but it will cost $9.25 for a single car to get on this road. In addition, motorcycles are not allowed on the road. Cars with more than two axles are technically allowed but the tight nature of the road makes it risky and burdensome for some of these vehicles.

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