MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will start collecting tolls on the I-595 express lanes starting next week.

The express lanes opened to the public last month.

Tolls will be collected electronically starting at 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9th.

The minimum toll rate will be 50 cents  but the rates will be shown on signs before the entrance to the express lanes.

Anyone wanting to use the lanes must have a SunPass transponder and an associated pre-paid account

The express lanes will typically be open on weekdays to eastbound traffic between 4:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  From 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., the lanes will be open for westbound drivers.  The express lanes will be closed from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m and from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. for maintenance.

On weekends the lanes will only be open in the eastbound direction.

The express lanes are part of  the I-595 Express Corridor Improvements Project. The $1.2 billion mega project was financed and built by a private company.

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