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South Bay Expressway Could Take Toll on Drivers' Wallets

San Diego County's first toll road wasn't cheap to build, and it won't be cheap to use. KPBS's Alan Ray has the numbers on the fourth tollway in California.

South Bay Expressway Could Take Toll on Drivers' Wallets

San Diego County's first toll road wasn't cheap to build, and it won't be cheap to use. KPBS's Alan Ray has the numbers on the fourth tollway in California.

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It will cost you $3.75 per trip to drive the length of the South Bay Expressway when it opens, which will probably happen in June -- nearly four years after the first shovel of dirt was turned.

The toll road comes with a construction sticker price of $820 million. The toll section will run 12.5 miles on State Route 125 from S-R 54 in Spring Valley to S-R 905 on the U.S. Mexican border.

The South Bay Expressway Limited Partnership has set base tolls ranging from 75-cents for a short drive to $3.50 for the full stretch, if you drive a two-axle vehicle and pay by FasTrak. If you pay with cash, the tolls will range from $2 to $3.75. The tolls will be collected for the first 35 years of operation.

Alan Ray, KPBS News.