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  1. #1
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    Default First solo long road trip -- Toronto to Chicago -- tolls?

    I'm taking my first road trip by myself in a few weeks from Toronto to Chicago, and am curious about the tolls I might encounter on the following route:

    402 through Sarnia, ON continuing onto the I69 towards Flint, MI, then I94 towards Chicago.

    http://www.google.ca/maps?f=d&hl=en&...,0.319977&z=12

    i guess majority of my driving will be through michigan, with a bit of indiana and finally illinois.

    will my e-z pass work? (i don't think it will from what i can tell on the e-z pass site) if not, how much small cash and change should i have on hand to feed the money monsters?

    any help or advice would be appreciated, whether toll-related or not!

  2. #2
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    Default almost none

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Other than the toll crossing on the International Bridge (about $2 cash only) and the Chicago skyway, you won't have any sections of toll roads. The Chicago Sky-way accepts I-pass, which is compatable with the EZ-Pass. However, you could also easily avoid that toll altogether simply by staying on I-94 through Gary, Ind and into Chicago, which is the route I most often take.

  3. #3
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    Thanks so much for your advice!

    I-94 through Gary....I think that's the route the google maps suggested too right?

    Would you mind adjusting the google maps route and sending me the revised link so I can visualize exactly what you're suggesting?
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 04-26-2008 at 10:43 AM. Reason: removed dead link

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    Default Simplicity Itself

    The change consists of simply staying on I-94 once you get on it in south-central Michigan. It will take you into the heart of Chicago without tolls.

    AZBuck

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    Default take a look

    As Buck mentioned, You'll already be on I-94, so all you'll have to do is keep driving on it.

    If you look at your original google map, it has you taking I-94 to I-90 in Indiana, which is the shortest route but has tolls. Again, if you look at your map, you'll see I-94 runs just a few miles farther south, and then west of the more diagonal I-90/Chicago Skyway. Its slightly longer, but is toll free. The two highways rejoin again near downtown Chicago.

  6. #6
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    Default i seeeee

    thanks for the clarification...i see what you mean now! and according to googlemaps that route will only take 1 minute extra to get to my destination!

    i'm so glad i posted in here and asked for advice....thanks again :)

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