In order to increase public awareness of highway safety, it is the Florida Department of Transportation’s policy to allow placement of memorial markers within the Florida’s Turnpike Right of Way. The purpose of these markers is to memorialize people who have died as a result of a vehicle related crash and to remind motorists to protect human life by driving safely. The cost for the construction, installation, maintenance and removal of the memorial marker will be covered by the Florida Department of Transportation. The markers will be allowed to remain in place for a minimum of one year.
Requests for memorial markers may be made by immediate family members or friends of deceased car crash victims. These requests should be submitted in writing to the address below:
Permits Coordinator, Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
Phone: (954) 934 1219
Click on the links below to open a PDF document for financial and other reports from Florida's Turnpike.
For information on Alligator Alley (Everglades Parkway), Pinellas Bayway System, Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Beachline East Expressway (2012-2014 only), 95 and 595 Express (2012-2015 only), Wekiva Parkway, Garcon Point Bridge and Mid-Bay Bridge Authority System --see the Traffic Engineers Annual Report below:
Florida's Turnpike System is part of the Florida Department of Transportation, an agency of the State of Florida. The Turnpike manages 461 miles of separate toll road facilities. The revenues collected on the System are pledged for the repayment of revenue bonds.
The mission of the Turnpike is to help meet the State's growing transportation needs, ensuring value to customers, protecting investors and managing the Turnpike System in a business-like manner.
When was Florida’s Turnpike built?
Construction on Florida's Turnpike began in the mid-1950s. The original 110-mile stretch of roadway was completed in 1957, when the Sunshine State's landscape was mainly rural, and drivers needed to cover long distances. Now the Turnpike System is used daily by an average of more than 2 million motorists.
Does the Turnpike go by any other name?
Florida's Turnpike was originally known as the Sunshine State Parkway and has since been designated as the Ronald Reagan Turnpike. The Turnpike is comprised of two sections. The Mainline, which also goes by the name State Road 91, extends from the Golden Glades interchange north of Miami to Wildwood. The Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike (HEFT), which connects to the Mainline north of the Golden Glades interchange and ends near Homestead, is also known as State Road 821.
How long is Florida’s Turnpike?
The Florida Turnpike Mainline runs 312 miles through 11 counties in the state’s peninsula. The Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike, or HEFT, is 47 miles long. Florida’s Turnpike System includes those two roadways along with the Sawgrass Expressway, the Seminole Expressway, the Beachline Expressway, the Southern Connector Extension of the Central Florida GreeneWay, the Veterans Expressway, the Suncoast Parkway, the Polk Parkway, the Western Beltway and the I-4 Connector. With the addition of future Turnpike facilities currently under construction or in planning, the Turnpike System will make up more than 500 miles of roadway.
What major roads or interstates connect with Florida’s Turnpike?
Florida's Turnpike is a north–south toll road that provides fast, convenient routes to many interstates, including I-4, I-75 and I-95. Turnpike exits are positioned to provide easy access to major state roadways. You can obtain a list of highway connections by referring to the Turnpike System map found here.
Who manages the Turnpike?
The Turnpike System is operated by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), which acts as a separate business unit of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). FTE is responsible for all operations on every FDOT-owned and operated toll road and bridge. The FTE five-year work program (2016-2020) contains more than $3.7 billion in capital improvements, which include widening the mainline roadway, new interchanges, safety improvements, resurfacing improvements and maintenance.
How is Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) different from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)?
The Florida Department of Transportation is an executive agency that reports directly to the Governor. FDOT’s primary responsibility is to coordinate the planning and development of a safe, viable, and balanced statewide transportation system. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise is a separate business unit of FDOT that was formed in April 2002. FTE’s mission is to pursue innovation and best private-sector business practices, improve cost-effectiveness and timeliness in project delivery, increase revenues, and improve quality of service to its customers.
Why are tolls needed when I already contribute a gas tax to fund transportation projects?
Tolls are user fees, not taxes, meaning only those who use the Turnpike pay the tolls. Motorists who use the Turnpike are charged based on the numbers of axles on the vehicles they drive and the distances they travel. The tolls collected generate the revenue to build, operate and maintain the roadways. Since toll roads are primarily self-financed and are not funded with taxes, the customer is not paying twice to use the facility.
What is done with the tolls collected from the Turnpike System?
Highway infrastructure requires routine maintenance, updating and sometimes replacement. Tolls enable projects to be planned and built years before enough tax dollars could be collected to keep up with demand. All revenue from Florida's Turnpike is reinvested into projects like building new highways or making improvements to existing highways on a statewide basis.
How do I pay tolls on the Turnpike?
Toll rates are established on a per-mile and per-axle basis. Every vehicle pays a toll that is generally based on the distance of the trip and the number of axles on the vehicle. Customers have a choice to pay their tolls using either cash, SunPass or TOLL-BY-PLATE.
What is the SunPass prepaid toll program?
SunPass is an innovative statewide prepaid toll system implemented by the FDOT on most of Florida's toll roads. SunPass saves commuters time and money, creating more efficient, less congested roadways. A small electronic device (transponder) is attached just below the rearview mirror inside your windshield and communicates with special toll plaza antennas. As your vehicle passes through the toll plaza (in SunPass Only or mixed-use lanes), the plaza equipment electronically deducts the toll charge from your prepaid toll account. Find out how you can save time and money on SunPass.com and become a SunPass customer today!
How can I purchase a SunPass?
Becoming a SunPass customer is easier than ever. Whether you are a Florida resident, visiting from out-of-state or renting a car, SunPass is the preferred tolling option. The SunPass Mini transponder and Portable transponder are available at more than 5,000 retail locations throughout the state, including some Florida Welcome Centers, Publix, Walgreens and CVS. Transponders are available at all Turnpike service plazas, Turnpike gas stations and SunPass Service Centers. You can also purchase a SunPass online.
What is the difference between SunPass Only lanes and SunPass Express lanes?
SunPass Only lanes have been installed exclusively for SunPass customers and therefore are not equipped with toll attendants or coin-operated toll baskets. As a SunPass user, you have the ability to drive straight through these lanes at speeds up to 25 mph. SunPass Express lanes, also called open road tolling (ORT), collect tolls electronically without the use of toll booths. The major advantage to ORT is that users are able to drive through the toll plaza at highway speeds without having to slow down to pay the toll. In some locations, ORT may also reduce congestion at the plazas by allowing more vehicles per hour/per lane.
What if I do not have exact change for an unstaffed toll booth?
Not all exit and entrance ramp toll plazas are staffed, so motorists should be prepared to have exact change at these interchanges, especially after 7 p.m. or on weekends. Toll collection baskets do not make change, and drivers should not attempt to insert paper currency in the machinery. Toll plazas along the Mainline feature at least one lane staffed by an attendant 24 hours per day. If you require change, receipts or even directions, look for an overhead green sign. If you have exact change, proceed toward the lanes featuring overhead blue signs.
SunPass users never have to worry about carrying exact change, since tolls are collected automatically from their prepaid accounts.
Can I find out in advance how much I would pay to use the Turnpike?
You can use the FDOT Toll Calculator to determine your tolls based on your selected trip. The Florida Department of Transportation has also developed a corresponding Mobile App for iOS and Android devices. Please use caution and do not use the app while driving. Phase 2 of the Mobile App is currently under development and will provide you with estimated toll rates on express lanes for your selected trip.
I’ve heard there will be express lanes on parts of the Turnpike. What are express lanes?
Express lanes are optional travel lanes, located on an interstate or toll road, that customers can choose to use when they want to bypass congestion. Customers in the express lanes pay a dynamically priced toll which will increase as more traffic enters the express lanes. The use of a dynamic toll allows traffic in the express lanes to remain free flowing. Express lanes provide additional travel lanes and are designed with a limited number of entrance and exit points to help serve longer, more regional trips by helping move traffic around congested urban areas. Construction of a regional interconnected network of express lanes is ongoing throughout Florida. To learn more about specific projects, visit FloridaExpressLanes.com.
Will I know how much it costs to use the express lanes on the Turnpike before entering?
Yes, toll amounts will be posted on the toll rate signs well in advance of the express lane entrances to give drivers plenty of time to choose whether or not to use the express lanes.
Where are the service plazas located?
There are eight service plazas on the Turnpike Mainline, located approximately every 45 miles. All plazas are open 24 hours a day and are located in the center median of the Turnpike for easy access from both directions. For a list of service plazas and the amenities offered at each location, visit floridasturnpike.com/travelerinfo/plaza.html
Can I leave my vehicle at a service plaza or toll plaza interchange?
No, motorists cannot leave their vehicles overnight due to security reasons and limited parking availability at the interchanges and service plazas. Free parking is available at all service plazas, and there are several Park & Ride lots along the Turnpike for the purpose of daily commuting only and not for parking longer than 24 hours. Park & Ride lots are the only designated areas to park a vehicle long-term without receiving a citation from the Florida Highway Patrol. If a vehicle appears to have been abandoned, it will be reported and towed.
Whom can I contact if I need assistance or have an emergency?
The Turnpike System is continuously monitored for incidents by the Traffic Management Center, who can dispatch roadside assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, if you need immediate assistance, you can do any of the following:
Can I find out if there is traffic congestion or an incident on the Turnpike System?
Florida's Turnpike has strategically placed electronic message signs in locations where you may experience traffic congestion and incidents. The signs provide real-time information about traffic delays, incidents, emergency operations and construction, allowing you to make better informed travel decisions. During major incidents, the first priority of the Turnpike's Traffic Management Center is to provide you with accurate information as quickly as possible. You can hear messages broadcast by the Traffic Management Center on the radio at 1640 AM. Real-time traffic updates are also available at My Florida 511.
Will I have to pay tolls to use the Turnpike if there is an emergency evacuation?
The roads that are part of Florida’s Turnpike System are primary routes for emergency evacuations, so it is possible tolls may be suspended in the case of a state or national emergency such as a hurricane watch or warning. The state's emergency operations center and county governments will together to make the necessary decisions to move the population quickly and safely. During toll suspensions, it is still a good idea to have cash available. Even if tolls are suspended on one segment of the Turnpike System, it does not mean they are suspended on every road or bridge.
I see signs for the Move Over Law. What is that?
The Move Over Act was instituted in the State of Florida in July 2002 to protect law enforcement officers and other emergency workers stopped alongside our highways. Motorists are required to approach cautiously when an emergency vehicle is stopped ahead with its lights flashing. Motorists must change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if they are on a multi-lane highway and can do so safely. If drivers can't change lanes safely, or they are on a two-lane highway, they must slow down while maintaining a safe speed so as not to impede other traffic.
Can I tow a camper, trailer or boat while traveling on the Turnpike?
Yes, the tolling equipment in is designed to identify the number of axles on your vehicle, including any campers, trailers or boats you may be towing, and you will be charged accordingly.
Will my transaction records be shared with other agencies or a third party?
SunPass does not share its customer list with outside marketers. SunPass account information is exempt from disclosure under Florida's public records law, pursuant to Section 338.155(6), Florida Statutes, and accordingly, information concerning a SunPass account is provided only when required to comply with a subpoena or court order.
What is the speed limit on the Turnpike?
The speed limit for all vehicles traveling on Florida’s Turnpike is typically 70 mph, except in construction zones or in other areas where reduced speed limits may be posted.
Can I get a speeding ticket for driving too fast through a tolling point?
Yes, it is illegal to speed through tolling points. Please note that the speed limit for driving through SunPass Only lanes or any lane with a toll booth is 25 mph. Driving on the open road tolling SunPass Express lanes allows you to maintain your highway speed and not slow down for a toll booth, but always observe the posted speed limits.
Is there anywhere to make a U-turn on the Turnpike?
Please be advised that U-Turns on Florida's Turnpike are only permitted at service plazas. Motorists who make a legal U-Turn at a service plaza, then exit the Turnpike at the same place where they entered will be charged a special U-Turn rate. Motorists who attempt to make U-Turns at emergency vehicle turnarounds could be subject to traffic citations.
How are tolls enforced on the Turnpike?
Failure to pay your toll is a moving violation and may result in the assessment of a $100 or more civil penalty, assessment of court costs, and suspension of your vehicle registration. A motorist who enters a SunPass Only lane without a SunPass may be subject to an unpaid toll document. Special cameras are placed at each tolling point to capture an image of a vehicle’s license plate if an active transponder is not detected or if a toll is not paid. A violation notice is then mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle that includes all toll charges, plus a $2.50 administrative fee. If the owner does not pay all charges after the second notice, the toll and administrative fee amounts being assigned to a collection agency which will add additional fees to the balance owed. Additionally, the Department is authorized under Florida Statutes to place a Registration Hold on the license plate of the registered owner of the vehicle and may also issue a Uniform Traffic Citation to the vehicles owner.
How do I pay for a toll violation?
SunPass account holders:
I put my money in the collection basket, but the light did not turn green. Will I receive a violation?
As long as you have deposited the correct number of coins, even if the light stays red, you can continue through the lane. You will not receive a violation in the mail. It is possible a foreign coin or other object may have jammed the equipment. Please DO NOT put additional coins or deposit less than the required toll. Customers are never expected to pay more than the posted amount.
I received a toll violation notice, but I have a SunPass account. What should I do?
There are several reasons you may have received a notice as a SunPass account holder. Check your transponder to see if it is mounted properly. Also make sure that your vehicle and personal information listed on your SunPass account is current and that your account has available funds. If you believe you have received an unpaid toll document in error, please contact SunPass violations via email or at the phone number listed on the document you received.
Why did I receive a Florida Express Lane violation?
Florida Express Lanes can only be used by active SunPass customers. If you received a violation notice or invoice, you used an express lane without a prepaid SunPass account and are being charged for both the toll amounts, administrative fees and a daily $25.00 violation charge. The daily violation charge is applied every day you use the express lane(s) without a valid SunPass account and transponder. To avoid the daily violation charge and any other additional fees, you can purchase a transponder and open a SunPass account.
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise
Milepost 263, Turkey Lake Service Plaza, Building 5315
Ocoee, FL 34761
P.O. Box 613069
Ocoee, FL 34761
Florida’s Turnpike Operations Center
Milepost 65, Pompano Beach Service Plaza
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
P.O. Box 9828
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33310-9828
Construction Community Outreach Specialist — Central and West Central Florida
Construction Community Outreach Specialists — South Florida
Pompano Office: 954-975-4855
Angela B. Starke
Community Outreach Specialist — Central and West Central Florida
Community Outreach Manager — South Florida