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First Phase Of Mass Pike Toll Plaza Demolition Is Completed


The implementation of all-electronic open road tolling and the demolition of toll booths along the Massachusetts Turnpike is ahead of schedule.

MassDOT said the first phase of planned demolition work is finished at all 23 toll plazas.

Gov. Charlie Baker praised the hard work of construction crews, engineers, and law enforcement, and thanked the traveling public for its cooperation.

" Our goal was the get as much of this  work done as we possibly can before the Thanksgiving rush so that by the time people start traveling for the holidays we should have pretty clear paths and pretty clean egress along the Pike and off the exits," said Baker.

The state switched to all-electronic tolling at 10 p.m. on Oct. 28 and work began minutes later to tear down 50-year old toll booths.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.