These Are the Most Expensive Tolls in America

Driving is cheaper than flying, but it you pass through these tolls, that may not always be the case.

Highway traffic jam on pay toll station in Europe.miroslav110/Shutterstock

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in one of the 25 states that don’t have road tolls, you probably sigh and automatically roll your eyes every time you see a sign that reads, “Toll plaza ahead.”

Unfortunately, those tolls are necessary to help pay for the upkeep of the road and to help build new ones. But some tolls are so expensive that you’d think they were collecting money to replace the asphalt with gold.

If you’re planning a road trip that takes you on any of these roads are bridges you might want to find an alternative route. Even though it might take you a little longer to get to your destination, you’ll save a lot of money.

(These are the best states in America for road trips. And bonus, most of them don’t require you to pass through these tolls.)

These are the five most expensive road tolls:

  • Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway (New York): $1.25 per mile
  • 17 Mile Drive (California): $0.59 per mile
  • Chicago Skyway (Illinois): $0.51 per mile
  • Fort Bend Parkway (Texas): $0.51 per mile
  • Delaware Turnpike (Delaware): $0.29 per mile

These are the five most expensive bridge tolls:

  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (Virginia): $30 round trip
  • Verrazano Narrows Bride (New York): $15 one-way
  • George Washington Bridge (New York): $13 one-way
  • Golden Gate Bridge (California): $7 one-way
  • Tacoma Narrows Bridge (California): $5.50 one-way

These are the five most expensive toll tunnels:

  • Lincoln and Holland Tunnel (New York): $13 one-way
  • Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel (Alaska): $12 one-way
  • Fort McHenry Tunnel (Maryland): $8 round trip
  • Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and Queens Midtown Tunnel (New York): $7.50 one-way

Now that you know which toll roads are the priciest, learn which highway is the most dangerous in the country.

[Source: OppositeLock]

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Morgan Cutolo
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