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UDOT to increase maximum toll in Express Lanes to $2

With auxiliary lanes and Express Lanes included, Interstate 15 accommodates a total of 13 lanes between Utah 48 and Utah 209. (Photo taken 07/03/16, aaroads.com / screen grab)

(KUTV) -- The Utah Department of Transportation is increasing the maximum toll to travel in the Express Lanes in Utah starting July 14.

The price increase in each Express Lane segment is going to range from 25 cents to $2, depending on freeway congestion.

All toll revenues are earmarked to maintain the Express Lanes, and to improve technology and law enforcement associated with their operation, UDOT said in a news release.

UDOT said the fee hike's purpose is to curb crowding in the country’s longest continuous Express Lanes - stretching 72 miles from Layton to Spanish Fork.

Speeds drop as low as 31 mph during peak drive times in Salt Lake County. Federal regulation requires speeds in those lanes not dip below 45 mph, the release said.

Lawmakers approved a maximum toll increase to as high as $4, but UDOT chose to increase the maximum to $2 per segment.

UDOT says it plans to study the effectiveness of the fee increase before considering higher tolls in the future.

Express Pass holders with questions or concerns can contact customer service at 815-813-9127.

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