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Old 11-09-2017, 06:22 PM   #21
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Correct on Houston and by passing San Antonio is good also - IMO
Is there a toll road in San Antonio?
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:42 PM   #22
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FYI, if you are travelling south/north on I-35 through Austin, TX there is a bypass (TX-130) that is a toll road. To put it bluntly, driving through Austin SUCKS. Without a toll tag it will cost you about $1/mile. With a toll tag it drops to about half of that. I took the bypass one time without a tag and yes it was sticker shock. I requested and got two tags, one for the truck and one for the trailer and the cost is now ~$15 for the bypass. I feel the relief from the stress of driving through Austin is worth the $15.
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Old 11-10-2017, 04:34 PM   #23
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TX-130 is an incredible road. And as said above, if you get a tag in advance, you can save some significant money. I-35 through Austin is so depressing. I think the money I save in gas pays for the toll.
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:16 PM   #24
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Are there any info sites or books that give toll road warnings? By the time we saw the Denver toll road it was too late to look for an alternative? Like he said $37,ouch.
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Old 11-20-2017, 04:29 AM   #25
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I think that is the same one we were mailed the toll from a few years ago after going around Denver. I knew the night before that part of our next days route was on a toll but that Sunday morning we never did see a booth, any signs, or a place where you paid. Didn't really think much about it until we got the bill in the mail.
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:31 AM   #26
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There's a toll road north of Toronto, Ontario so you can avoid the often busy 401 through the city. It costs about $20 to go for most of it with a regular vehicle. If you take a semi or a truck and trailer, you should have a transponder and if you don't, you get charged a lot of money to take it. So when we don't have the trailer with us, we sometimes take the toll road, but if we have the trailer, we will take another road.

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Old 11-20-2017, 11:12 AM   #27
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We traveled from the Chicago area to DC a couple months ago; paid about $125 in tolls in one day. Google maps is now set to avoid tolls, but it has taken on some "scenic" routes.

I avoid E470 when going through Denver; especially with a trailer.
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Old 11-20-2017, 07:36 PM   #28
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Our Magellan GPS has a box that can be checked to avoid toll roads, which is nice if you don't want to deal with them. We were on a portion of E-470 a few years ago with our rig in tow, and only went about half way down to our destination on the east side of Denver. With the congestion where we were going, I was very happy to pay the toll instead of fighting the traffic.
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:29 PM   #29
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Don't disagree on toll roads but I believe a lot are in place as the only way to get them built. I have seen tolls go away but its rare. There is generally an option to go around the toll roads.
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:33 PM   #30
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Thanks for understanding. Sorry I had to vent on that subject. Excessive taxes really set me off.

I will have to say though that there is no reason they have to collect tolls to build a road and pay for it. They just elect not to use the taxes they already collect on something else! Tolls are a very inefficient way to pay for roadways anyway!
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