Driving through South Florida is about to get a little more expensive. Toll roads operated by the Florida Department of Transportation will see toll raises put in place by June 30, 2012. That includes the Florida Turnpike, the Sawgrass Expressway and Alligator Alley. Express lanes on I-95 and road that are part of the Miami-Dade Expressway will not be affected.
Here's details on the hikes:
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- Florida Tunrpike and Sawgrass Expressway: Cash tolls rise from $1.00 to $1.25. SunPass tolls rise from $0.75 to $1.00.
- Alligator Alley: Cash tolls rise from $2.50 to $3.00. SunPass tolls rise from $2.00 to $2.75.
A law signed in 2007 by Charlie Crist gave the FDOT more power to raise tolls, and actually mandates a rise in tolls every five years. This is the first mandatory rise since the law took effect.
The kind of, sort of good news is that the money raised will be used, in part, to finance a Turnpike expansion into Miami-Dade.