Drivers on the Massachusetts Turnpike are now required to pay tolls for the first time since 1996. YNN's Madeleine Rivera reports.
MASSACHUSETTS -- Drivers will notice changes on the Massachusetts Turnpike beginning Tuesday. Tolls are back in place at the first six interchanges on the Turnpike.
Drivers will pay $1.75 between exit 1 at West Stockbridge and exit 6 at Chicopee. That was the toll rate when they were eliminated in 1996.
For some drivers, the tolls don't seem to make a difference. However, others are not a fan of the idea.
Scott Nadeau, a Hills Dale resident, said, "I don't think we should bring them back."
The toll is part of the transportation bill passed by the state legislature in July. It is expected to raise as much as $800 million for transportation projects by 2018.
Department of transportation officials have been waiting to repair the deteriorating highway conditions for years. They said the tolls were essential for those repairs.
"I think the way they have written it up allotted for more road work to be allotted for this end of the state," said Gerald Leprevost, a Lee resident.
Richard Crapo, another Lee resident, disagrees,"I don't think it's fair that we have to pay since they messed up in Boston."
The tolls that were eliminated in 1996 were largely used to fund the Big Dig in Boston. This time, DOT officials said things are different. By law, the tolls can only be used to fund transportation projects in the western part of the commonwealth.
The revenue is estimated at $12 million per year for five years.
"I feel like if we use the road, we need to contribute a little. And I'm from New York so I don't mind paying at all," said Gene Joubert, a Broadalbin resident.
Some drivers said they would take the back roads just to avoid the tolls.