The builder and operator of a private toll road in the San
Diego area has announced that truckers will pay three times more than
four-wheelers to use the road.
Trucks with five axles will be charged $11.25 to travel the
length of the 10-mile South Bay Expressway when the toll road opens in the
summer. That's three times the $3.75 rate that four-wheelers will be charged,
according to the operator's Web site.
Trucks with three or four axles will pay twice the rate of
A company called California Transportation Ventures is
financing and building the road and will operate it for 35 years. In 2041, the
toll road will be turned over to Caltrans.
California Transportation Ventures spokeswoman Brendi Rawlin
said her company is owned by a consortium that includes Macquarie
Infrastructure Group of Australia - one of two companies that partnered to
lease the Indiana Toll Road in 2006 and the Chicago Skyway in 2005.
The route for the $635-million South Bay Expressway was
planned in 1991 by the state government and the San Diego Expressway Limited
Partnership, but a lack of public dollars for the project prompted the state to
seek funding from the private sector and from federal grants.
?Over time, Macquarie Infrastructure Group gained 100 percent
control of San Diego Expressway Limited Partnership. In 2006, the Australian
company divested 50 percent of its U.S. holdings to the publicly traded
Macquarie Infrastructure Partners in New York.
The South Bay Expressway project differs from the leases of
existing infrastructure in Indiana and Illinois because the road is being
constructed as a privately operated toll road rather than leased from a state
The expressway will stretch from state Route 905 to the
Mexican border and will include a bridge over the Otay River.
Information on Macquarie's Web site states that toll rates
and increases are at the discretion of the company until 2041.