In 2002, the Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) desired necessary improvements to support higher SunPass usage system-wide throughout the state. SunPass is Florida’s electronic tolling system that automatically deducts the toll charge from a driver’s prepaid account through a transponder as the car passes through the lanes. To meet the higher usage goals, the FTE proposed to increase the number of SunPass-only lanes from 100 to 200 and double the percentage of SunPass transactions from 25 percent to 50 percent.
RS&H assisted the FTE with this initiative, providing construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services on a 6.8-mile section of SR 408, which included six new bridges and the Lake Jesup Mainline Toll Plaza with two SunPass Only lanes. The projects also included the milling, resurfacing, and widening of the Seminole Expressway (SR 417). Projects were completed on-time and on-budget.