SCDOT to stop toll collections on Hilton Head’s Cross Island Pkwy in June

SCDOT to stop toll collections on Hilton Head’s Cross Island Pkwy in June
SCDOT announced it will stop collecting tolls on Hilton Head’s Cross Island Parkway on June 30, 2021. (Source: Live 5)

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 final payment date has been and always has been July 1, 2021.”

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 for it all - 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.

Which means once the toll is ended, it’s going to save residents and visitors money and get them to their destination, sooner.

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.”

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.

Palmetto Passes will only be available for a few more weeks.

“We will stop sales of that starting on Feb. 28. If you have an existing pass, that will stay active until the toll is lifted.”

SCDOT and its contractor who operates the toll, Conduent Transportation, will be communicating with the more than 32,000 Palmetto Pass customers during the coming months on procedures to close their accounts, return their transponders, and how they might receive refunds of their deposits. Answers to frequently asked questions about Palmetto Pass accounts can be found on the website here. The public may also call the Palmetto Pass customer service center at 843-342-6718.

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

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