3 toll lanes close for booth removal on Chesapeake Bay Bridge

(FOX 5 DC)

Construction to remove toll booths on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge has begun as the transportation department transitions to a cashless tolling system.

The department says the latest round of construction on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge began Sunday night and is expected to last through June.

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Three toll lanes on the bridge have been shut down permanently and existing toll booths will be demolished to widen lanes.

While the department's executive director says the all-electronic system is expected to ease traffic, reduce rates and benefit the environment in the long run, the two-year, multi-million dollar project has caused miles-long traffic jams in the interim.