POSTED: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 9:35pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 9:07pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — After years of construction, the Cesar Chavez Border Highway Project is almost complete. El Paso drivers will soon have the option to use toll lanes on the highway in December, according to the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.
The project widened the nine mile stretch of the border highway, between U.S. 54 and the Zaragoza port of entry, for the new toll lanes. Drivers will have two free lanes to use, and one toll lane in each direction.
Using the toll lane of course, will cost a fee depending on the time of day. The base rate is $.10 per mile. The minimum toll will be $.40. Sensors will scan vehicles for a toll tag for those registered with a toll service and then bill the driver. Cameras will be used to capture license plate information for non-registered drivers who decide to use the toll lane.
NewsChannel Nine talked to a former truck driver about the new project.
"See a lot less traffic and we would move a lot faster. Of course it's not fun when you have to pay, but it sure does help. Makes it faster," said Jose Loya, from the Lower Valley.
There will be two tolling points in each direction, between Midway Drive and Yarbrough drive, and between Yarbrough and Padres drive. Large trucks and trailers will be unable to go through the toll lanes, while emergency and public transit vehicles will be exempt from paying the tolls. The CRRMA will host a meeting Wednesday at City Hall at 9 a.m.