High speed E-ZPass lanes are coming to the northern end of the New Jersey Turnpike.

Turnpike Authority Commissioners approved a contract to tear down a portion of the existing toll plazas and islands at exits 16W for the Lincoln Tunnel and 18W for the George Washington Bridge and replace them with express E-ZPass toll collection lanes, according to a NJ.com report.

A gantry will be built to detect E-ZPass transponders and to photograph license plates of non E-ZPass users. The meeting agenda said work would be complete by August, 2021 but did not give a start date. NJ.com reported work could start in the spring.

A similar E-ZPass express lane is also under construction on the NJ/PA Turnpike Extension at exit 6A and at the Parkway's New Gretna toll plaza.

The $21.1 million Turnpike project includes modifications to the express bus lanes and exit ramps at Interchange 16E to improve operations and eliminate weaving.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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