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Toll Lanes Coming to the 10 and 110 Freeways. Will You Pay to Play?

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It's time to squeeze every possible inch of space on our already-congested freeways for use at their maximum potential. On the 110 and 10 Freeways, the plan of attack is called the ExpressLane project, and while it's kicking off a little later than expected, it will have its ground breaking today in Gardena, making way for toll lanes on about 25 miles of freeway.

Current carpool, or High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, covering 14 miles on the I-10 between Alameda Street and the 605, and 11 miles on the I-110 between Adams Boulevard and the Artesia Transit Center, will be turned into High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes.

"The amount of the toll would vary depending on distance, traffic and time of day," explains ABC7. "For example, if you travel the full length of the HOV lane on the 110 Freeway during rush hour, it could cost you more than $15. Off-peak hours will be less expensive."

As we explained in March, "traffic conditions in HOT lanes will be monitored, and once speeds get below 45 mph, they will be closed to those driving alone. The lanes will still be free of charge for carpoolers."

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Funding is coming from a $210 million federal grant. The 110 Freeway lanes will be completed as toll lanes by 2012, with the 10 Freeway lanes completed the following year.

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