RIDGEFIELD - A group called Tollroads News ranked the New Jersey Turnpike the highest earning toll highway at $992 million in revenue.
The group says the Turnpike has $378 million in operating expenses, but calls it the most profitable road in the country.
The Turnpike Authority insists the highway, which costs 12 cents a mile to travel, is not a profit-making venture and the money made essentially goes back into the road and in some cases into New Jersey's other roadways.
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Turnpike Authority spokesperson Tom Feeney says the agency is in the middle of a $7 billion investment in expansion and improvements.
"We handle way more traffic than any other toll authority so it really shouldn't surprise anybody that we collect more revenue than anybody … it's just a function of having all that traffic," Feeney says.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike ranked number two in the study, and the Garden State Parkway, earning revenues of $402 million, was in sixth place.