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is the Southern Connector?
The road is approximately 16 miles in length.
Connector a privately owned road?
No. The Southern Connector is officially designated as
Interstate 185 Toll. The road was privately financed, but it
is not privately owned. The state of South Carolina
Department of Transportation owns and maintains the Southern
Connector. The tolls collected on the Connector will go to
satisfy the bonds, which financed the road. The tolls also
pay SCDOT for all road maintenance, including snow removal
and grass cutting.
South Carolina taxpayers supporting the Southern Connector?
No tax dollars were spent building the Southern Connector.
It was financed solely through the sale of bonds. Tolls
collected on the Southern Connector are used to maintain the
road and satisfy the bond obligations. The state of South
Carolina Department of Transportation owns and maintains the
Southern Connector. All maintenance costs are paid out of
toll revenues. No tax dollars have ever been spent on this
time will I save by using the Southern Connector?
The amount of time you save will depend on when you use the
Connector. During morning and evening rush hours, the time
savings may be more substantial.
Why do I
have to pay tolls twice if I use the entire road? Why not
pay at one end only?
The Southern Connector was designed with three exits between
the main toll plaza. Those using the entire road are charged
the full amount, which means paying two tolls. It would be
unfair to charge full toll to a motorist who only wanted to
get on the Connector at the East Plaza and exit the
Connector at Augusta Road. We believe the current collection
method is the most equitable way to collect tolls based on
recently used the Connector and had no cash to pay my toll.
I filled out a Pledge To Pay Form. Can I fulfill my
obligation to pay the proper toll online?
visit our online Pledge Payment
System and you will be able to use your
credit card to satisfy your obligation. Or return your
portion of the form to us with a check or money order (no
cash, please). Our mailing address is P.O. Box 408,
Piedmont, SC 29673. In all cases, you will have 30 days to
remit payment to us. After 30 days, administrative fees will
be added to the toll due.
the speed limit on the Connector?
The speed limit on portions of the Southern Connector is now
70 miles per hour. PLEASE NOTE that the 70 mph speed limit
is in effect ONLY for the distance BETWEEN OUR TWO MAINLINE
the speed limit in PalPass lanes?
At the mainline toll plazas, vehicles using the PalPass only
lane must observe a 45 MPH speed limit. All vehicles using
the cash lanes must stop, regardless of the method of
payment. PalPass members using our remote ramp lanes should
observe the 5 MPH speed limit.
Southern Connector accept money orders, checks, Travelers
Checks, credit cards or debit cards for payment of cash
The Southern Connector does accept credit cards for payment
of tolls at our mainline plazas ONLY. Credit Cards accepted
are AMEX, Visa, Discover and MasterCard. Debit cards bearing
the logo of AMEX, Visa, Discover or MasterCard will also be
accepted, but as CREDIT transactions only. Any debit card
requiring a PIN number will not be accepted as a form of
● Checks, money orders, Travelers Checks, etc. ARE NOT
accepted for payment of tolls.
● At (Highway 20 and Fork Shoals Road) EXACT CHANGE in the
form of COINS ONLY or valid Palmetto Pass is required.
● Credit cards cannot be used at our ramps.
a number I can call if I have any more questions?
Yes. The direct local number to our Customer Service Center
is 864-527-2143 or 2144.