Toll rate on I-85 express lanes reaches $17 again

The record toll rate on the I-85 express lanes was tied Thursday morning.

For the second day in a row, the cost to use the lanes between Old Peachtree and Shallowford roads rose to $17, according to the State Road and Tollway Authority. The cost briefly hit $17 during the Wednesday morning rush before falling again.

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The previous record, set in August 2018, was $15.50.

Most drivers are not traveling the full 16-mile stretch through Gwinnett County and are paying less, according to Chris Tomlinson, the SRTA board’s executive director.

The pricing is based on volume and is intended to keep the lane moving at an average speed of 45 mph, he told Channel 2 Action News on Wednesday.

Since the I-85 express lanes opened in 2011, the authority board has established or adjusted rates four times. The latest change came in August 2018, when the board set a uniform toll rate across the entire express lanes system, which includes the I-75 express lanes in Cherokee and Cobb counties to the northwest and in Clayton and Henry counties to the south.

MORE: Check rate changes in real time here

The change was aimed at reducing congestion and providing “a more reliable and predictable commute for Peach Pass customers,” according to the agency.

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