As of Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
DULUTH -- Drivers are paying higher tolls, as Gwinnett's HOT lanes hit another all-time high.
During the morning peak rush hour Wednesday, tolls reached as high as $4.70 for the entire 16-mile stretch, said State Road and Tollway Authority spokeswoman Malika Reed Wilkins.
That is nearly 30 cents a mile for a system set to fluctuate between 1 and 99 cents a mile based on the traffic congestion in the corridor.
Earlier this year, the express lanes reached capacity during the morning rush hour, as usage has increased steadily since the lanes opened in October.
"As the goal of the Express Lanes is to provide more reliable travel times and keep traffic free-flowing at a targeted speed of 45 mph, the system is designed to manage the demand for the express lanes through pricing, thus motorists have experienced higher tolls," Wilkins said.