Cost of a Turnpike Trip to Rise Five Percent in 2023, Offsetting the Pandemic’s Toll on Tolls

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Pa. Turnpike, approaching the Valley Forge Interchange.

With more motorists on the road again, the Pa. Turnpike is looking to recoup some of its pandemic-related losses with a toll increase of five percent, writes Holly Herman for the Phoenixville Patch.

The Turnpike Commission approved a $425.2 million operating budget on May 3, along with a $651 million capital budget, effective June 1. It will implement the five-percent increase on tolls in 2023.

The turnpike has been in the process of rebuilding the highway for the past ten years. Local projects include the widening of a two-mile stretch of the turnpike at Valley Forge Interchange on Route 422 in Upper Merion Township to the Valley Forge overpass in Tredyffrin Township. The project has a price tag of $117.9 million.

This new budget excludes an annual $400 million payment to PennDOT for public transit; however, the agency has accumulated debt of $14 billion from borrowing in order to make those payments over 12 years.

According to Richard Dreher (Turnpike CFO), however, the route is currently ahead on revenues and has $250 million left to spend in fiscal year 2022.

Read more about the toll increase in the Phoenixville Patch.

Even a year ago, Pa. Turnpike tolls led to the assertion by an Australian insurance company
that it was the world’s most expensive highway for motorists.