HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Motorists will have to dig a bit deeper next year to pay for travel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The turnpike commission said Tuesday its tolls will increase by 6 percent next year, largely to repay loans taken out to help fund roadwork projects under legislation passed in 2007 and 2013.

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The higher rates go into effect on Jan. 3.

The commission expects to impose annual fare increases of 3 percent to 6 percent until 2044.

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The turnpike says E-ZPass customers now account for three-quarters of its traffic. E-ZPass motorists pay lower tolls.

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