Scarborough Toll Plaza
The Scarborough Toll Plaza is a toll plaza located at Interchange 45 on the Maine Turnpike, which connects Interstate 95 to the east-west route of the Scarborough Connector, which in turn connects I-95 with the Maine Mall and US-1 in downtown Scarborough. The Scarborough Connector actually also has a north-south route that connects I-295 and the Maine Mall with US-1 (I-295 bypasses the Maine Turnpike through downtown Portland and interchanges with I-95 one interchange south of the Scarborough Connector). A second toll booth was originally in place at the junction of the north-south route and US-1 in downtown Scarborough. However, in 2015, this toll booth was demolished and replaced with an automatic electronic toll collection gantry. Vehicles who do not have EZ-PASS or a compatible equivalent will have their license plates photographed and be mailed a bill. This is often called “Pay-by-Plate” tolling and is increasingly being used across the country as a method to reduce traffic congestion at toll booths.
Currently, if a vehicle enters the north-south route traveling north from downtown, and then exits onto the east-west route traveling towards I-95, they will have to pay toll twice. The Maine Turnpike Authority is actively working on re-designing the southern toll gantry, and even considering removing it entirely, to eliminate this problem.