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Toll lanes on 110 Freeway expected to be ready by November

New for the ExpressLanes Project unveiled in July 2011.It’s something that can make solo drivers stuck in traffic on the Harbor Freeway pound their fists on the steering wheel –- wartching those lucky enough, or smart enough, to speed by in the carpool lane.

But officials will soon begin telling solo motorists how -– for 25 cents to $1.40 -- they too can join the exclusive lane.

Transportation crews working to install toll lanes on 11 miles of the 110 Freeway and 14 miles of the 10 Freeway at a cost of about $290 million are 70% done with the lanes on the Harbor Freeway and hope to open the tolls there in November.

Starting Friday, officials said, motorists will see large electronic message boards on the freeway that are being tested as part of the project.

Transportation officials plan to soon embark on a campaign to tell motorists how they can apply for an ExpressLanes transponder, which is needed if they want to use the toll lanes.

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Photo: New signs for the ExpressLanes Project unveiled in July 2011. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angekles Times

 
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