No way to prepay. If you travel the route often enough, get an EZTag, it'll let you drive thru the tolls. This tag also works on other TX toll roads, I believe.
There is no way to pre-pay for tolls. They are charged as you use them. You of course could buy an EZ-Tag and then be fine. It requires an opening deposit of $40 and a one time fee of $15. From then on, you'll only have to pay when you are close to depleting that $40 deposit.
I grew up in the Missouri City area, and when coming home from San Antonio, I would usually take the exit for Grand Parkway (also known as Highway 99). There are no tolls, and traffic is light. Take this all the way south until you hit Highway 59, and then go North on 59 to Missouri City. Traffic on this route is much better than Hwy 6, in my opinion.
No toll booths up here in Tyler From the tollway website:
Why can’t I pay cash on North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NETRMA) facilities?
The NETRMA operates cashless toll facilities. All-electronic toll collection reduces operational costs, improves safety, reduces vehicle emissions and speeds up traffic because drivers do not have to slow down or stop to pay their tolls. Customers on NETRMA facilities can pay their tolls using TxTag or Pay By Mail
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