It didn't take long for work to begin on demolishing the Grand Island bridges toll barriers.  It was just over a week ago that cashless toll collections began at both ends of the islands, but those toll booths were still in place.  It won't be long until they're gone.

(Dale Mussen photo)

The Thruway Authority says the new cashless toll collections electronically deducts tolls from the accounts of E-Z Pass holders.  Those who don't have an E-Z Pass account will have a bill sent to the address of the registered owner of the vehicle.  If it's not paid within 60 days another bill will be sent.  After 100 days a $50.00 fee will be added to the original bill.

(Dale Mussen photo)

The new cashless toll collections mean that toll takers at the Grand Island bridges will no longer be needed.  Those employees have been moved to other toll plazas along the Thruway.  Eventually the entire Thruway will go to a cashless toll collection system.  The Thruway Authority says that will happen sometime in 2020.

Meanwhile the bottlenecks and reduced speeds at the toll plazas at both ends of the Grand Island bridges will remain in place until demolition work and realignment of the roadway is completed sometime in the next few weeks.