In response to increasing traffic volumes during the summer months on I-95 Blue Star Turnpike, the Bureau of Turnpikes has implemented Open Road Tolling (ORT) at the Hampton Main Plaza. This permits E-ZPass transponder holders to drive through select lanes at the posted highway speeds, paying the toll electronically as they continue to drive. ORT lanes will process more vehicles than cash collection tollbooths and allow cars and trucks to move more efficiently through toll plazas.
The addition of ORT lanes increases traffic flow through the toll collection area. ORT facilities:
- Reduce traffic congestion and travel delays both for motorists using ORT and those using a staffed toll lane. All traffic will be able to flow through the Plaza safely and efficiently.
- Reduce the overall noise associated with a Toll Barrier by reducing the volume of traffic decelerating, stopping and accelerating to highway speeds. A significant reduction in tractor-trailer braking noise would be evident.
- Reduce vehicle emissions due to a reduction in the number of vehicles braking, stopping and accelerating at the barrier. A reduction in vehicle delays and associated idling fumes at the barrier would be measurable.
The Bureau of Turnpikes hired HNTB to develop the Highway Design contract plans, Toll System designs and for ORT testing/implementation.