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Parkways Authority targets new tolling system for 2024 completion

CHARLESTON — A brand new tolling system on the West Virginia Turnpike might start having an impression on the 88-mile freeway subsequent 12 months.

Parkways Authority Government Director Jeff Miller stated testing is underway.

“We’ve been performing testing on one of many lanes proper now. That’s gone very effectively. Vacationers can see that new digital show board on the Ghent (toll plaza) lane 1,” Miller stated. “We’ve bought new gear in there. We’ll slowly begin commissioning every lane.”

Miller stated he expects the complete system to be in place in any respect three toll plazas a while in 2024.

“It’s actually going to assist us,” Miller stated.

Parkways Authority members gave approval in April 2022 to a $24.8 million contract with know-how firm TransCore to develop and set up the brand new system. The present tolling system has been round since 2008.

The brand new system features a faster method to course of transactions, together with some new fee options, debit and bank cards are a part of the testing.

“We hope and finally anticipate that that can assist velocity up transactions and assist get the touring public by way of the toll services faster,” Miller stated. “We’re actually in vital want of upgrading our tolling system and including all the {hardware} and software program in there that’s crucial to assist us carry out our jobs higher.”

Miller stated E-ZPass stays the quickest, best method to transfer by way of the Turnpike’s three essential tollbooths. An infinite use go might be bought for $26.25 a 12 months. Tolls are $4.25 per toll sales space for passenger vehicles with out an E-ZPass.

Miller instructed state lawmakers in a July 2022 assembly that tolling system undertaking is complete and time consuming.

“That is very advanced,” Miller stated on the time. “There’s manufacturing unit acceptance on the testing and every lane needs to be commissioned.”