By Steve Plunkett

The state planned to start collecting tolls on Saturday, Nov. 13, for motorists using the Interstate 95 express lanes between Glades Road in Boca Raton and the Cypress Creek Road exit in Fort Lauderdale.

The newly implemented tolls in what state transportation officials call “managed lanes” will be collected electronically using a SunPass or any other transponder that Florida accepts. Drivers must have an active account with the transponder properly affixed to the windshield.

Entrances for the I-95 southbound express lanes are located south of Glades Road and south of SW 10th Street in Deerfield Beach, and exits are located north of Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach and north of Cypress Creek Road.

I-95 northbound express-lane entrances are located north of Cypress Creek Road and north of Hillsboro Boulevard, and exits are located south of SW 10th Street and south of Glades Road.

“Managed lanes enhance safety, optimize traffic flow, and provide more reliable travel times for longer, regional trips,” Andi Pacini, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation, said in a news release.

Tolls fluctuate based on how many vehicles are using the interstate. Overhead electronic signs in advance of an entrance will show destinations and the corresponding toll, giving motorists time to choose whether they want to use the express lanes, Pacini said. If the toll decreases after entering the express lanes, motorists will pay the lower amount until they reach the next decision point. They will never pay a higher toll than the rate displayed on the sign.

For more information on the project, visit its website at www.95express.com.

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