Hello Fellow Travelers,
In early and late July 2011, I used the E-470 bypass from I-70 east of Denver to I-25 north of that pleasant little burg, outbound at rush hour in early July, and homeward bound (I-25 to I-70) near the end of the month. Prior reading here told me there was a toll system in place for that section of E-470.
While it's entirely possible I missed them, I didn't see any signage stating the amounts of the tolls nor did I see signage indicating a toll collection system was in place and operating. I did see much in the way of ongoing construction of toll booths, so I assumed the tolling would not be under way until the booths were complete. I was wrong.
About 60 days after the second leg of my trip, I got a bill from the E-470 Toll Authority. It correctly bore my truck's NC license plate number, the dates of my traverses, and the segments involved. The toll was $9.00 each way, for a total of $18.00.
I'm an individual with such an intolerance for traffic congestion that I'd have used the highway just as willingly with advance notice of the cost as without, but I've got to say $9.00 each way for a shade under 26 miles of use is a tad rich. If one is an EXpressToll member, a designation apparently separate and apart from national/regional EZPass membership/accounts, the toll is 20% less. There's a procedure to become a member at www.expresstoll.com, but in all honesty, the procedure is a bit clunky and difficult to follow.
I wonder what is out there, on the ground, stating what the toll rates are, or if instead there's nothing, until the bill arrives 50-60 days later. Does anybody recall seeing the toll charge list prior to getting on the highway?