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Old 04-11-2014, 07:50 PM   #1
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Beware of Maryland highwaymen

It seams the state of Maryland has taken on an air of the old fashion Highwaymen and is now holding up certain travelers hostage.

While using route 301 through Maryland has long been a more pleasant route south than route 95 the pleasantness is fading. The cost of the 2 Maryland toll bridges now causes one to rethink things. Historical RVers traveled under a separate toll structure from cars and commercial traffic. Last year Maryland did away with this toll structure placing all vehicles with more than 2 axles into the commercial rates. That raised my 5 axles combination from $10.00 to $25.00 for each of the bridge. Something I questioned but had to accept. Now they have again raised the rate so I am now paying $36.00 for each bridge.

While $72.00 round trip may still be a bargain to circumvent the Baltimore WDC area I will go out of my way not to spend a dime in Maryland while traveling through it.

While you single and double axles travelers are not hit quite as hard you may also want to reconsider your expenditures while in Maryland.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:19 PM   #2
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That is robbery. Not a state that encourages tourism. I will make sure I avoid that state if I ever get that far above the Mason-Dixon line.

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Old 04-11-2014, 08:52 PM   #3
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It seams the state of Maryland has taken on an air of the old fashion Highwaymen and is now holding up certain travelers hostage.

While using route 301 through Maryland has long been a more pleasant route south than route 95 the pleasantness is fading. The cost of the 2 Maryland toll bridges now causes one to rethink things. Historical RVers traveled under a separate toll structure from cars and commercial traffic. Last year Maryland did away with this toll structure placing all vehicles with more than 2 axles into the commercial rates. That raised my 5 axles combination from $10.00 to $25.00 for each of the bridge. Something I questioned but had to accept. Now they have again raised the rate so I am now paying $36.00 for each bridge.

While $72.00 round trip may still be a bargain to circumvent the Baltimore WDC area I will go out of my way not to spend a dime in Maryland while traveling through it.

While you single and double axles travelers are not hit quite as hard you may also want to reconsider your expenditures while in Maryland.
thief's come in many forms.. the government can be the largest both state and national.

Might be time to head back to the interstate and not stop to spend a dime in that state if you can.

PS were are the bridges.. I see one near Annapolis Chesapeake bay bridge is a toll.. where is other one.
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thief's come in many forms.. the government can be the largest both state and national.

Might be time to head back to the interstate and not stop to spend a dime in that state if you can.
But don 't think about who constructed those interstates and how they were and are paid for

Try using the Washington State Ferries.

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thief's come in many forms.. the government can be the largest both state and national.

Might be time to head back to the interstate and not stop to spend a dime in that state if you can.

PS were are the bridges.. I see one near Annapolis Chesapeake bay bridge is a toll.. where is other one.
It is on 301 South, going from Maryland into Virginia, over the Potomac river.
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Howie,

The traffic today between 1230-1400 on US 301 from La Plata and Brandywine sucked. Lots of professional idiots out. May think twice about it. Leaving from Lothian, MD to Bristol, PA tomorrow. I'll see how US 301 is Saturday morning.

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HowieE... You used to get a break on your toll because your AS was a historical vehicle? Tolls are usually set by the number if axles, not the age of the vehicle? Heading west out SGF on I-44 the ok toll roads are about 16 bucks
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