MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you want to do your best impression of Ricky Bobby and go fast on I-95 in Miami-Dade County, get ready to shell out a lot more money to hit the interstate’s express lanes.
Starting Saturday, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, using the express lanes will cost as much as $10.50 at peak congestion times. Officials with the Florida Department of Transportation told the Sun-Sentinel the hikes were due to too many drivers using the lanes and that could have led to slower traffic in the express lanes.
Last year, the highest rate that was charged was $7 and it was paid 172 times in 2013, double the prior three years combined, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
The new tolls will break down like this: the minimum toll will rise to fifty cents, up from a quarter while the new maximum toll will be $1.50 per mile, up from $1 to drive the express lanes, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
If demand is still high for the express lanes, the state said it may raise the rates to $2 per mile to keep traffic on the express lanes flowing.