South Carolina seeks comments on removing toll from coastal road

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is looking for input on its plans to convert one of the state’s two toll roads into a free parkway next summer.

The Cross Island Parkway on Hilton Head Island will no longer collect its $1.25 toll next July, the South Carolina Department of Transportation said.

The road was opened in 1998 to bypass congested sections of the island.

The state plans to spend $14 million to remove tollbooths and make other improvements to the road. The DOT is accepting comments on its plans online until Oct. 13.

South Carolina’s other toll road is the Southern Connector in Greenville, which is about 30 years from being paid off.

The road is still collecting tolls, but instead of accepting cash is mailing bills to drivers who don’t have an electronic pass, according to the connector’s website.


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