Electronic tolling coming to Sawgrass in 2014

Q: Why is the SunPass lane almost always closed at the Pat Salerno Drive exit on the Sawgrass Expressway? Many of us with SunPass have to wait in long lines in the cash lanes.

Carey Laufer, Weston

A: All the lanes, including the closed toll lane on the far left side of the toll plaza, accept both cash and Sunpass.

The SunPass equipment in the far left lane is not designed for toll collection at higher speeds like the equipment on the SunPass-only lanes. It is designed for vehicles to stop or move slowly through the plaza, said Florida's Turnpike spokeswoman Sonyha Rodriguez-Miller.

When major events at the arena result in traffic backups, this lane is opened as a SunPass-only lane. It works pretty well in this situation because the vehicles traveling through are moving slowly due to the congestion," Rodriguez-Miller said. "Except during events at the arena, the traffic volumes at this location do not require having this lane open.''

In early 2014, the Sawgrass will be converting to all-electronic toll collection, and the toll booths will be closed. All traffic exiting to Pat Salerno Drive will pay either with SunPass or by Toll-by-Plate. In the latter, a photo is snapped of the vehicle's license plate and a bill is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Q: After I received a red light camera citation, I now notice where there are cameras. In Boca Raton, they are talking about building an overpass at Palmetto Park and Powerline roads. Why not put cameras there instead since it is a heavily traveled intersection?

Linda Greenberg, Boca Raton

A: This intersection does have red light cameras, but only on three approaches — eastbound and westbound Palmetto Park and southbound Powerline.

The cameras, activated in 2011, are among 10 installed by Palm Beach County in the unincorporated area.

Q: Will the speed limit on Bailey Road be raised now that construction is over to widen the road between Northwest 64th Avenue and State Road 7?

George Siler, Tamarac

A: No, the existing 35 mph speed limit is permanent.

Broward County officials say the road was reconstructed for all users — vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and mass transit. The road passes through a residential area, is within the boundaries of three schools and is adjacent to a neighborhood park.

"The speed limit is appropriate since this roadway is a residential collector surrounded by multiple schools," said Richard Tornese, Broward County Highway and Construction Engineering director.

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