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The prank story:Source: Gov.s office opposed April Fools prank (Arizona Republic (AZ), 4/9/2008)
Valley Freeways Turn Into Toll Roads Wednesday
April 1st, 2008 @ 5:14am
by Jon Zimney/KTAR
On this April 1 comes a stunning development.
While Arizonans slept, lawmakers passed and Governor Janet Napolitano signed a historic bill requiring drivers to pay tolls on all Valley freeways to help balance the state's budget.
The tolls go into effect Wednesday.
Doug Nintzel of the Arizona Department of Transportation said the state has no choice.
"While we can't put an electronic toll system into place for several months, we will be able to place toll collectors at each of the freeway on-ramps, and they can take the tolls there," he said.
Here's how the pricing works: On the Loop 101, drivers will pay $1.01. On the Loop 202, it's $2.02. On State Route 51, it's a real bargain at 51-cents.
Nintzel said exact change will be required. If drivers do not have it, ADOT will make them turn around. Nintzel suggests to allow extra time for your morning commute Wednesday, perhaps as much as three hours.
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