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The morning commute on the Veterans Expressway may get more congested starting Monday, July 29.
The night of Sunday, July 28, the two southbound far right lanes at the Anderson Mainline Toll Plaza (Milepost
6) will be closed for approximately six to nine months. The closure includes the wide load lane on the extreme far right. The lanes will be demolished, as part of the Florida Turnpike Enterprise's conversion to All-Electronic Tolling, which should be introduced along the Veterans in the spring of 2014.
Beginning with the closure, vehicles 12 feet or wider traveling southbound will not be permitted through the plaza and must exit at Wilsky Avenue (Exit 8) or sooner.
While the two right lanes are being demolished, overnight closures of one additional adjacent lane will be necessary, but will not affect daytime travel through the plaza.
A diagram of the changes is here.
This construction is part of a $386 million improvement project that widens 11 miles of the Veterans Expressway. The project also includes a concurrent project to convert the section of highway from Memorial Highway to Van Dyke Road to all-electronic tolling (AET) providing non-stop travel to the nearly 150,000 customers who travel the Veterans Expressway every day.
By mid 2014, the Veterans Expressway will eliminate cash toll collection in favor of all-electronic tolling, although roadway construction will continue. After conversion, motorists who choose the Veterans Expressway must have a SunPass prepaid toll account or they will be mailed a bill and charged a monthly invoice fee. Seventy-five percent of the 150,000 motorists who travel Toll 589 every day already use SunPass to pay tolls and enjoy a lower toll rate than cash customers.