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A judge has ordered the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to pay a former worker more than $3 million after finding he was wrongly fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on agency practices.

Ralph Bailets sued the turnpike commission and two of its officials over his 2008 termination. He says he was dismissed for questioning a major computer contract, hiring practices and how large trucking firms qualify for E-ZPass discounts.

Prosecutors in 2013 used his testimony to file corruption charges against several agency officials.

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Part of a section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike that was closed over the weekend due to a massive backup of hundreds of vehicles will be closing again for several hours to allow recovery of one of the tractor-trailers involved.

Turnpike officials say an 86-mile stretch of the westbound lanes of the turnpike between the Breezewood and New Stanton interchanges will be closed for about three hours beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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Here’s your six-month warning.

Effective 12:01 a.m. Jan. 3, 2016, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will begin its eighth consecutive year for toll hikes.

The commission approved a 6 percent toll increase for both EZPass and cash customers on Tuesday. Officials said EZPass users will continue to save about 35 percent on tolls despite the jump.

“Our average toll for our EZPass customers will go from $1.09 to $1.16, and for our cash customers it’ll go from $1.70 to $1.85,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton.

Turnpike Tolls on the Rise For the Foreseeable Future

Jun 18, 2014
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The PA Turnpike Commission has approved a toll increase set to begin in 2015. This is the seventh rate increase since Act 44 of 2007.  It is also the first time since 2011, EZ Pass rates have gone up. What do these toll rate changes mean for the future of the turnpike?

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a toll increase of 2 percent for E-ZPass customers and 12 percent for those using cash last July. The increase will take effect on Jan. 5, making 2014 the sixth year in a row toll charges have been raised.

Commission spokeswoman Renee Colburn said the toll hike will allow it to meet its obligation to the state under Act 44 and pay for widening the Turnpike.

PA Turnpike Tolls Going Up Again

Jul 30, 2013

Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase for a sixth consecutive year come January.

The Turnpike Commission will continue to drive motorists toward E-ZPass with its latest toll hike in an effort to get toll money in advance.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Turnaround

Apr 16, 2013
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  Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Mark Compton is on a mission to repair the image, and possibly the roads, of the scandal plagued agency. He talks about the "pay to play" allegations and the status of the State's EZ Pass plans.