The price to drive on South Carolina’s lone toll road will increase.
The Southern Connector connects Interstate 385 and Interstate 85 on the southern outskirts of Greenville. The new year brings new, higher tolls for the 16-mile road, also known as Highway 185.
Starting Tuesday, cars that do not have a special pass will have to pay $3 for the entire distance. That’s up 50 cents from previously. Those who have a pass will pay $2.70– up from $2. Another increase is scheduled for January 2016.
The road is maintained by the state, but was built by a private nonprofit with government loans. That group declared bankruptcy last year. The creditors involved, including the South Carolina Department of Transportation, agreed to an increase in tolls in hopes to raise additional revenue.
The highway opened in 2001, but has struggled to attract traffic and consistently operates at a loss.