Say goodbye to the toll booths at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, because the main thoroughfare to the Maryland and Delaware beaches will become completely cashless starting this summer.
The Maryland Transportation Authority said Monday it will begin dismantling the toll booths later this month and install overhead tolling gantries instead. The tolling frames will be installed on the Eastern Shore side of the bridge near the exit for state Route 8 on Kent Island and collect tolls electronically via E-ZPass.
MDTA said 74% of Bay Bridge motorists are already using E-ZPass, and it will expand marketing and outreach programs about the full-time change in tolling. Vehicles without E-ZPass are photographed and sent a bill in the mail.
Toll operations will no longer exist on the Annapolis side of the bridge once the gantries are completed.
MDTA did not announce a definitive opening date for the new cashless tolls, only that they will be ready for the start of the summer season — when thousands…Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.