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Drivers Again Paying Western Mass. Turnpike Tolls

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Drivers passing through the Massachusetts turnpike's first six interchanges are once again paying tolls.

The tolls for passenger car drivers resumed early this morning after having been eliminated in 1996 by former Gov. William Weld. They cover Interchange 1 connecting to West Stockbridge through Interchange 6 connecting to Springfield and Interstate 291.

The tolls are the same as they were in 1996. The cost for cars getting on at exit 6 and getting off at exit 1 is $1.75.

Reinstating the tolls was included in a state transportation financing package approved earlier this year.

The tolls are expected to generate about $12 million each year.

By law, the money cannot be spent on construction or maintenance on any part of the turnpike east of Interstate 95 and Route 128.

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