How do toll roads work in Colorado?

I’m moving to Colorado for a new tech job, and I’m worried about having to drive on toll roads on my way to the office. How do toll roads work in Colorado?

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Answer provided by
Jason Tushinski
Answered on Aug 05, 2022
Colorado’s toll road system is easy to use—you can prepay for an ExpressToll account, which includes a transponder you’ll place in your car. This device is used to bill drivers every time they use one of the state’s toll roads.
Before you hit the road, you’ll need to sign up for an ExpressToll account in order to use the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Express Lanes (toll roads).
You’ll need to prepay a $35 balance, $18 of which is deducted to pay for the transponder that will be mailed to you. Stick the transponder in your car, and then the $17 remaining on your account will be debited each time you use a toll road.
In order to use a toll road, just drive onto it. There’s no need to stop and physically pay a toll. The transponder inside your car allows the CDOT to bill you automatically.
How much will each ride cost? That depends on the time of day and traffic congestion. The toll amount will be posted on both electronic and static signs, so you will know how much your account will be billed for that particular trip.
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