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Hilton Head's Cross Island Parkway to become toll free

As of July 1, 2021, the SC Department of Transportation will end collection of tolls as bond repayment is complete.
Credit: Cody Crouch/SCDOT
Cross Island Parkway toll plaza on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Beginning Thursday, July 1, 2021, drivers will no longer have to pay a toll when driving along Hilton Head Island's Cross Island Parkway.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will stop collecting tolls at midnight on Wednesday, June 30. The tolls were in place to pay off the bonds issued in order to build the parkway that connects William Hilton Parkway/US 278 Business at the north end of the island with Palmetto Bay Road and Sea Pines Circle on the south end.

SCDOT will erect signs advising motorists to slow down and use caution, but not stop, as they travel through the toll plaza. Crews contracted by SCDOT will be removing the structure in the coming months.

Motorists that have used Palmetto Pass transponders to automatically pay the toll electronically may return them in person to the plaza office at 4 Marshland Lane, Hilton Head Island, or mail them back to PO Box 5096, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 for a refund of their current balance.

The 7.5-mile Cross Island Parkway opened in 1998. Current tolls are $1.25 per cash customer, and 75 cents per Palmetto Pass customer based on a two axle vehicle.

For additional information and answers to frequently asked questions about Palmetto Pass accounts, please visit the website, https://www.crossislandparkway.org, or contact SCDOT’s Customer Service Center at 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368) toll free.