At 10 p.m. on Friday, the last toll will be collected by hand somewhere along the turnpike and the new electronic system gets turned on.
MassDOT announced today that people who get on the turnpike without a transponder after 10 p.m. on Friday will get mailed bills without a surcharge for the next six months. After that, they'll get bills with an extra fee for not using a transponder.
Drivers are cautioned that beginning at 10 p.m., Friday, the 15 mph speed limit that exists today at toll plazas will stay in effect through November 22, as construction crews shift the traffic patterns and begin the process of demolishing the center areas of existing toll plazas and reconstructing the roadways in those center areas. Drivers should allow extra time to reach destinations, consider traveling by mass transit if possible, and obey directions on posted signs and by law enforcement officers who will be present.