A new, "All-Electronic Interchange" that links State Route 29 with the mainline Turnpike in Chester County officially opened to drivers Tuesday.
Gov. Tom Corbett joined Pennsylvania Turnpike Commissioners for a ribbon cutting.
The new link is the first four-way interchange to be constructed on the mainline Turnpike in decades and is solely for use by E-ZPass customers, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority said.
Developers say the Route 29 Interchange will reduce congestion at the Valley Forge Interchange, at the I-76/Route 202 Interchange and on Route 202 itself.
"All-Electronic Interchanges are much less expensive to build and operate than cash toll plazas, and they represent the future of toll collection as the Turnpike works to convert to a cashless system in the coming years," Commissioner Pat Deon said in a statement.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says the new interchange was funded by toll revenues without any state or federal at dollars. The design work began in 2002 and was performed by Allan A. Myers Inc. of Worcester, Pa.
Tonight look for cloudy and foggy skies with spotty showers N&W. Lows in the 50s.
Our next cold front comes through tomorrow, with rain, in the morning and then especially Friday evening. With the blast of cold air that follows, we'll probably have a dry day on Saturday, and the chance of a Sunday wintry mix into the afternoon and evening. A light coating could occur for some before a changeover to rain. Stay tuned!