The sea of orange cones and caution signs along the Sam Rayburn Tollway (highway 121) is clearing up. Time-saving ramps and lanes just opened on December 1 but now you have to shell out more money to drive along state highway 121.
You'll pay 40 cents to enter the tollway at the Lake Forest Drive ramp and a quarter to get on the tollway at Hardin Blvd. The North Texas Tollway Authority is also opening up the main lanes in both directions along 121 from the medical center to Hardin.
"Now that you can get straight through and get over to medical center, it is a couple of minutes as opposed to 10 or 15 minutes," NTTA spokesperson Christine Connelly said.
All that "ease" comes at a price. Tolls at three ramp-and-main-lane collection sites are going up: roughly 25% at Custer rd., almost 65% at Alma dr., and more than double the current amount Stacey rd.
"We have been charging lower interim toll rates and those rates are going to the full rates now that you have more exists and entrances to take advantage of," Connelly said.
With the new lanes and ramps you should be able to get on the Sam Rayburn Tollway in Mckinney and ride through Collin, Dallas, and Denton counties.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times