SunPass mandatory when toll booths close?

Q: If Florida's Turnpike is gradually phasing out toll booths and will stop accepting cash, how will drivers who don't have SunPass be able to use the turnpike? Will they have to get a SunPass?

Packard Larsen, Boca Raton

You will not have to buy a SunPass and you still have a few years before all-electronic tolling comes as far north as Palm Beach County. It's now only in place on the Homestead Extension from Miramar to Florida City.

Here's how it works: Instead of paying cash, a photo of your license plate is snapped as you drive under a toll gantry. A bill for the tolls will be sent to the vehicle's registered owner. The new system is called Toll-by-Plate.

The bill includes the tolls plus a $2.50 administrative fee. To avoid the fee, set up a Toll-by-Plate account with a major credit card or ATM card. To do so, call 888-824-8655 and register your tag number.

Customers who are billed pay 25 cents more at each plaza than drivers with SunPass.

Q: The timing of traffic signals on University Drive is horrible. If I am going northbound, I can catch a green light at Commercial and cruise up to Riverside Drive only by going 1-2 miles under the speed limit. Even with that, there is still a red light at Riverside and the traffic is so backed up that only the first few cars in line can make the green at the next intersection at Atlantic Boulevard. Also, the left turn signals on University at Riverside sometimes come on with no cars in the turn lanes.

Edward Hirsch, Coral Springs.

Broward County technicians replaced the vehicle detector equipment for the eastbound and southbound directions of the intersection in September.

But they recently discovered a damaged communications unit was putting the signal out of whack with other signals along University. It's been fixed and the signals are now operating in sync.

Q: The median curb at Northeast 34th Street and State Road A1A has been extended, but is a hazard at night because it hasn't been painted yellow. There are no reflectors on it either and it's impossible to see it at night. What can be done to hasten such safety measures?

Mary Lou Howard, Fort Lauderdale

A: It's coming. The $2.1 million project to repave A1A between Oakland Park Boulevard and Flamingo Drive is set to be completed this month.

In addition to paving the road, new bike lanes were added in each direction, curbs and gutters were installed and new wheelchair-accessible ramps were installed at intersections. Left turn lanes were extended and new video detectors and traffic signals were put on mast arms.

mturnbell@tribune.com, 954-356-4155, Twitter @MikeTurnpike

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