New Automated Vehicle Classification System

Modernizing Operations

Tolls on the PA Turnpike are set based on the type of vehicle you drive and distance traveled. Currently, most of the Turnpike system classifies vehicles by weight as they enter or exit our system. As part of our effort to continue modernizing operations, the PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) is a new vehicle classification system for future implementation. In spring 2018, the PTC will begin an “axle/height” system. It will be tested on the Findlay Connector (Toll 576) in western PA and at the Clarks Summit and Keyser Avenue tolling points at the end of the Northeastern Extension (I-476).

The PTC is the only road in the United States that establishes tolls based on vehicle weight. After an analysis of national best practices, the PTC selected an axle/height classification system because it is the most accurate, predictable and efficient system for customers. It is also less expensive to maintain and is consistent with systems in neighboring states.

New Automated Vehicle Classification (AVC) Classes

Automated Vehicle Classification Classes

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How it works

Sensors in the pavement will count the number of axles and overhead scanners will measure the height for every vehicle. The classification process is virtually invisible. Customers will continue to enter and exit our system at the same locations for these test sites. Motorists will continue to follow the posted speed limit and all safety and directional signs.

Clarks Summit/Keyser Avenue

Clarks Summit Keyser Ave Rendering AET in place | Fact Sheet

Findlay Connector

Findlay Connector Rendering AET at highway speed | Fact Sheet

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