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The Most Expensive Toll Roads and Bridges in America

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Around three dozen states have at least one road, bridge or tunnel that drivers have to pay for the privilege of using, according to the most recent report from the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA). Americans take nearly 6 billion trips on the country’s 5,881 miles of tolled roads and crossings every year. Around 50 million of them never have to stop at a tollbooth thanks to the electronic toll transponders in their cars.

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No one likes to pay tolls, but according to the IBTTA, toll roads and bridges tend to be safer, better maintained and less congested. In much of the country, it’s rare to encounter a stretch of pavement that comes with a fee. In others, tolls are a fact of life and an inevitable part of the daily commute.

Using data from CarInsurance.org, GOBankingRates ranked the most expensive toll roads and crossings in America, including where they start, where they stop and what they cost.

Last updated: May 3, 2021

Toll Road: Northwest Parkway

  • State: Colorado

  • From: I-25, MP 228 in North Denver

  • To: 96th Street (City of Broomfield)

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $3.80

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $3.80

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $0.36

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Toll Road: HOV/Tolled Express Lanes

  • State: Colorado

  • From: 20th Ave., Downtown Denver

  • To: US 36 and Kalamath St.

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $4.65

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $0.70

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $0.37

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Toll Road: Manor Expressway

  • State: Texas

  • From: US 183

  • To: Springdale Road

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $0.56

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $0.56

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $0.39

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Toll Road: Pikes Peak Toll Road

  • State: Colorado

  • From: Town of Cascade, US 24, west of Colorado Springs

  • To: Top of Pikes Peak Mountain – 14, 110′ elevation

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $40

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $10

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $0.39

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Toll Road: Foley Beach Express

  • State: Alabama

  • From: AL 59 (in Foley)

  • To: AL 180 (in Orange Beach)

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $7.50 plus $1.00 per add’l axle

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $3.50

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $0.39

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Toll Road: I-70 Eastbound Mountain Express Lane

  • State: Colorado

  • From: US 40

  • To: SH 6

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $30

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $3

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $0.42

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Toll Road: SH 242 Direct Connector

  • State: Texas

  • From: SH242

  • To: IH45

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $0.50

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $0.25

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $0.48

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Toll Road: 95 Express Lanes

  • State: Virginia

  • From: Garrisonville, Virginia

  • To: I-495

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: n/a

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $0.50

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $0.50

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Toll Road: 495 Express Lanes

  • State: Virginia

  • From: Old Dominion Drive

  • To: I-95

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: n/a

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $0.50

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $0.50

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Toll Road: Chicago Skyway

  • State: Illinois

  • From: I-94 in Chicago

  • To: Indiana Stateline

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $4

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $4

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $0.51

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Toll Road: Elgin O'Hare Expressway

  • State: Illinois

  • From: Lake Street

  • To: Interstate 290

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $4.20

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $2.10

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $0.52

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Toll Road: Fort Bend Parkway

  • State: Texas

  • From: Sam Houston Tollway Southwest

  • To: US 90A

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $1.75

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $1.50

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $0.53

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Toll Road: SH 249 Direct Connector

  • State: Texas

  • From: SH249

  • To: Sam Houston Tollway

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $1.25

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $1.20

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $1.11

Toll Road: Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway

  • State: New York

  • From: US 9 (gate)

  • To: Top of Prospect Mountain

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $10

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $10

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $1.69

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Toll Road: Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway

  • State: New York

  • From: Wilmington

  • To: Whiteface Mountain

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $11

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $11

  • Cost per vehicle-mile: $2.20

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Bridge/Tunnel: Throgs Neck

  • State: New York

  • From: Bronx, New York

  • Water crossing: East River

  • To: Queens, New York

  • Bridge or tunnel: Bridge

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $8

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $5.54

Bridge/Tunnel: Bronx-Whitestone

  • State: New York

  • From: Bronx, New York

  • Water crossing: East River

  • To: Queens, New York

  • Bridge or tunnel: Bridge

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $8

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $5.54

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Bridge/Tunnel: Triborough

  • State: New York

  • From: Bronx, New York

  • Water crossing: East River

  • To: Queens, New York

  • Bridge or tunnel: Bridge

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $8

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $5.54

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Bridge/Tunnel: Harry W. Nice Memorial

  • State: Maryland

  • From: Charles County, Maryland (2.17 miles)

  • Water crossing: Potomac River

  • To: King George County, Virginia (0.2 miles)

  • Bridge or tunnel: Bridge

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $9

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $2.10

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Bridge/Tunnel: Hatem

  • State: Maryland

  • From: Havre de Grace, Maryland

  • Water crossing: Susquehanna River

  • To: Perryville, Maryland

  • Bridge or tunnel: Bridge

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $12

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $2.80

Bridge/Tunnel: Whittier (Anton Anderson Memorial)

  • State: Alaska

  • From: Portage, Alaska

  • Water crossing: Maynard Mt.

  • To: Whittier, Alaska

  • Bridge or tunnel: Tunnel

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $13

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $8.25

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Bridge/Tunnel: Tappan Zee

  • State: New York

  • From: Nyack, New York

  • Water crossing: Hudson River

  • To: Tarrytown, New York

  • Bridge or tunnel: Bridge

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $13.75

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $4.75

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Bridge/Tunnel: Lincoln (3 Tubes)

  • State: New Jersey-New York

  • From: Weehawken, New Jersey (1.58 miles)

  • Water crossing: Hudson River

  • To: New York, New York (1.1 miles)

  • Bridge or tunnel: Tunnel

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $15

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $6.50

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Bridge/Tunnel: Outerbridge Crossing

  • State: New Jersey-New York

  • From: Perth Amboy, New Jersey (1.17 miles)

  • Water crossing: Arthur Kill

  • To: Tottenville, Staten Island, New York (0.6 miles)

  • Bridge or tunnel: Bridge

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $15

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $6.25

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Bridge/Tunnel: Bayonne

  • State: New Jersey-New York

  • From: Bayonne, New Jersey (0.85 miles)

  • Water crossing: Kill Van Kull

  • To: Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York (0.7 miles)

  • Bridge or tunnel: Bridge

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $15

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $6.25

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Bridge/Tunnel: Holland (2 Tubes)

  • State: New Jersey-New York

  • From: Jersey City, New Jersey (1.08 miles)

  • Water crossing: Hudson River

  • To: New York, New York (0.5 miles)

  • Bridge or tunnel: Tunnel

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $15

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $6.50

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Bridge/Tunnel: Goethals

  • State: New Jersey-New York

  • From: Elizabeth, New Jersey (1.1 miles)

  • Water crossing: Arthur Kill

  • To: Howland Hook, New York (1.1 miles)

  • Bridge or tunnel: Bridge

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $15

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $6.25

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FORT LEE, NJ - JUNE 30: George Washington Bridge at sunrise on June 30, 2012 in Fort Lee, NJ.
FORT LEE, NJ - JUNE 30: George Washington Bridge at sunrise on June 30, 2012 in Fort Lee, NJ.

Bridge/Tunnel: George Washington

  • State: New Jersey-New York

  • From: Ft. Lee, New Jersey (1.18 miles)

  • Water crossing: Hudson River

  • To: Manhattan, New York (0.7 miles)

  • Bridge or tunnel: Bridge

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $15

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $6.50

Bridge/Tunnel: Verrazano-Narrows

  • State: New York

  • From: Staten Island, New York

  • Water crossing: The Narrows

  • To: Brooklyn, New York

  • Bridge or tunnel: Bridge

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $16

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $5.50

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Travelling to the Maryland Eastern Shore across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from Annapolis, the contrails from jet aircraft arriving from Europe line the sky.
Travelling to the Maryland Eastern Shore across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from Annapolis, the contrails from jet aircraft arriving from Europe line the sky.

Bridge/Tunnel: Chesapeake Bay (US 13)

  • State: Virginia

  • From: Kiptopeke, Virginia

  • Water crossing: Chesapeake Bay

  • To: Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • Bridge or tunnel: Bridge and tunnel

  • Maximum passenger vehicle fee: $26

  • Minimum passenger vehicle fee: $13

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Methodology: GOBankingRates used CarInsurance.org data to find (1) the 15 most expensive toll roads in the US (by cost per mile) and (2) the 15 most expensive toll bridges/tunnels in the US (by maximum passenger vehicle fee. GOBankingRates also found (3) name of toll road/bridge/tunnel; (4) the to and from for each road/bridge/tunnel; and (5) maximum and minimum passenger fee as supplemental information. All data were collected on and up to date as of Feb. 11, 2021.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: The Most Expensive Toll Roads and Bridges in America