Mass. Turnpike Authority Comes to End of the Road

Fri October 23, 2009 - Northeast Edition
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BOSTON (AP) The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority is coming to the end of the road.

The much-reviled state agency is being eliminated on Nov. 1.

Its operations will be shifted over to a new highway department under a new Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

It will be overseen by the state’s new transportation secretary, Jeffrey Mullan, and a new board of directors that also oversees an array of other state transportation services.

Commuters have long complained that the Pike and its tolls have outlived the original bonds that built the east-west road from Stockbridge to Boston. The tolls will remain, but the agency itself will be gone at the end of the month.