NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Transportation Commission has decided to waive fees for select veterans driving on designated state toll roads.

The decision came Thursday morning, it allows veterans who are either disabled or have been awarded the Purple Heart or the Congressional Medal of Honor to ride the toll roads for free. It is expected to be implemented by 2013.

“We are able to celebrate our freedom each and every day due to the unwavering sacrifice of our military’s brave men and women, so making it a bit easier for them to move through our great state is the least we can do,” said Phil Wilson, the executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.

The toll roads where fees will be waived include Loop 1, SH 45 North, SH 45 Southeast and SH 130 (Segments 1-4) in the Austin area. Qualified veterans will also be able to travel for free on the Camino Colombia, which is SH 255 near Laredo and Loop 49 in Tyler.

The decision stems from a bill passed by the Texas Legislature in 2009, which authorized the creation of a discount program for veterans driving on toll roads.

Costs for the program are expected to be less than $1 million annually.

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