If you’ve traveled over the Grand Island Bridges recently, you may have noticed construction crews doing work on the aging toll barriers that serve as gateways to the rest of the NYS Thruway. This constitutes the first step in an upgrade process that promises to make the trip across Grand Island much faster and easier.
Soon, the bridges will feature a new cashless tolling system that’s expected to save drivers an average of 200 minutes per year in travel time. It will also reduce traffic congestion, improve traffic safety and promote growth in the region by eliminating the unnecessary obstacles created by the current tolling system. According to estimates from New York State, roughly 65,000 vehicles pass through the Grand Island Toll Barriers each day.
“The transition to cashless tolling on Grand Island will eliminate a major commuter bottleneck, grow the local tourism industry, and reduce vehicle emissions in accordance with our environmental goals,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in a statement.
In conjunction with the toll system upgrades, Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray also wants to conduct a review of the money being generated from the toll to ensure it’s being spent wisely on local infrastructure improvements and bridge maintenance. The new cashless tolling system is expected to be fully operational by March 2018.
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