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Toll collections end on Hilton Head’s Cross Island Pkwy

Image of the Cross Island Parkway toll plaza on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Photographed May 6,...
Image of the Cross Island Parkway toll plaza on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Photographed May 6, 2021.(Cody Crouch | Cody Crouch/SCDOT)
Published: Feb. 3, 2021 at 6:58 PM EST|Updated: Jun. 30, 2021 at 7:44 AM EDT
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WTOC) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation will collect the final toll on Hilton Head’s Cross Island Parkway at 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2021.

The $1.25 toll will be discontinued starting July 1 since the bonds issued to build the parkway have been paid off.

The road will be converted into a non-toll road, free for anyone to use. The change will make a big difference for those on the island. Right now, if you wanted to get in your car and go all the way from the north end of the island to the south without paying the toll, it would take you anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. If you make the same trip using the Cross Island Parkway, it will only take you about 10 to 15 minutes. This means, once the toll ends, it’s going to save residents and visitors money and get them to their destination sooner.

Beginning Thursday, July 1, signs will be in place advising motorists to use caution and slow down, but not to stop, as they travel through the toll plaza. The plaza will be removed in the coming months by an SCDOT contractor.

Since the road opened in 1998, the toll has worked to pay back the loans taken out for its construction. Its completion is a big deal to the DOT.

“The Cross Island Parkway is the only toll road that has been, was built by and operated by the South Carolina Department of Transportation,” said an SCDOT official.

Up until now, a regular car had to pay $1.25 to drive through. A car with a Palmetto Pass had to pay $.75 every time it went through the toll.

The sale of Palmetto Passes ended on Feb. 28. If you have an existing pass, that will stay active until the toll is lifted.

SCDOT will continue maintaining the Parkway as part of its statewide road system after the toll is discontinued.

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