|For Immediate Release
June 15, 2010
Public Information Office
|Open Road Tolling Lanes At Hampton Tolls Opening June 17
First Highway Speed Electronic Tolling In New England
The new highway speed electronic tolling lanes at the Hampton Toll Plaza on Interstate 95 (Blue Star Turnpike) are set to permanently open for motorists early on the morning of Thursday, June 17, 2010.
New England's first Open Road Tolling (ORT) lanes were initially opened for a test period during Memorial Day Weekend. Approximately 50% (160,000) of all vehicles that passed through the Hampton Tolls that weekend used the ORT lanes.
The ORT lanes at the Hampton Tolls are expected to reduce traffic backups and improve service for E-ZPass customers, improve air quality by reducing emissions caused by idling, and reduce diversion to alternate routes by improving traffic flow.
The $18.3 million Open Road Tolling project converted six plaza lanes to four ORT lanes (two in each direction) while also adding one additional tollbooth in each direction. ORT lanes can process nearly five times as many vehicles as a conventional cash toll lane and 60 percent more traffic than a dedicated E-ZPass lane where motorists must slow down to pass through.
In addition to the ORT lanes, there will be a total of 12 toll lanes in use (six northbound and six southbound) for both cash paying and E-ZPass customers. Those utilizing the Open Road Tolling lanes are reminded that there is no stopping once vehicles have entered the ORT zone.