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Tolls Set To Resume On Western Portion Of Massachusetts Turnpike

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BOSTON (AP) — Tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike’s first six interchanges are set to return beginning this fall.

On Oct. 15, passenger vehicle drivers will again be charged the tolls, which former Gov. William Weld eliminated in 1996.

The cost of the tolls will be the same as in 1996. They will cover Interchange 1 connecting to West Stockbridge through Interchange 6 connecting to Springfield and Interstate-291.

The requirement to reinstate the tolls was included in a state transportation financing package.

State transportation officials are holding two public hearings before the tolls are reinstated. The first is scheduled for Sept. 10 at Lee High School. The second is set for Sept. 12 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield.

The restoration of the tolls is expected to generate about $12 million in revenue annually.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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