As part of the design-build project, 70 steel gantries were installed along the roadway to capture E-ZPass tag or license plate data from passing vehicles. Next year, existing toll booths will be removed at 52 Thruway interchanges and barriers to complete the project.
Cashless tolling has gained a stronghold in recent years, with more than half the nation’s tolled roadways now operating solely on a cashless basis, according to the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association. Cashless tolling was already in place at several downstate locations of the New York State Thruway, including the Lower Hudson Valley Fixed Toll Barriers and the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. This project extends the system’s benefits to the remaining sections of the Thruway, from the Hudson Valley to Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and beyond.
“The implementation of cashless tolling on the New York State Thruway is a tremendous benefit to the more than 267 million motorists that travel the roadway each year who will no longer need to wait in line at the toll booth or slow down for the E-ZPass lane,” Rob Cartwright, Senior Principal at Stantec, said in a statement. “As part of the design-build team helping to deliver this complex project, we’re proud to play a role in designing enhancements that will improve traffic, boost safety, and modernize the state’s roadways for the future of mobility.”
Stantec and KC Engineering served as the lead designers for the design-build team, supporting Cashless Tolling Constructors, LLC—a consortium of heavy civil contractors including A. Servidone Inc./B. Anthony Construction Corp., JV, Rifenburg Construction Inc., and Economy Paving Co. Inc.
When fully implemented, the more than 267 million motorists that use the Thruway each year will enjoy hassle-free travel. In addition to the strategic placement of sensor-mounted gantries, the project involves the removal of toll plazas and reduction of the paved areas leading into and out of the plazas, including pavement repairs, positive separation of traffic flow, and elimination of conflicting traffic moves. While the new system is now operational, this removal and modification work will continue into 2021.