(Pennsylvania Real-Time News) Fares on the Pennsylvania Turnpike rose this year for the 11th consecutive year and will continue to do so for years to come because of the financial bind it finds itself in due to a 2007 state law.

But at what point, will motorists quit using the toll road, opting for a more economical route?

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale suggested that is already happening.

He released an audit of the turnpike on Thursday indicating the turnpike is on the road to ruin unless state lawmakers provide the turnpike some relief from the $450 million annual payments it is obligated to transfer to PennDOT through 2022 to help fund public transit agencies.