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State Route 125 toll road fees could drop after SANDAG deal

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The cost for drivers who use the state Route 125 toll road between Otay Mesa and Spring Valley could drop after the highway is purchased by the San Diego Association of Governments, according to a report to be delivered Friday to the agency's board of directors.

SANDAG, made up of the various governing bodies in San Diego County, plans to close the deal with the current owner of the lightly traveled stretch of road, South Bay Expressway, by Dec. 21.

The highway opened in 2007 but failed to catch on with commuters, many of whom complained of excessive toll charges. Prices now range up to $4 per trip.

The report on financing the purchase calls for phasing in reductions in toll charges and tracking use of the highway at the different price levels. Therates could eventually be sliced in half.

SANDAG staff also reported that while the roadway was generally maintained to Caltrans standards, future repairs to portions of the pavement and on bridges will be required. Expressway officials have offered to maintain staffing during a six-month transition period.

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