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New Sunpass lanes open on Sunshine Skyway

 
New Sunpass lanes are open on the Sunshine Skyway.
New Sunpass lanes are open on the Sunshine Skyway.
Published March 29, 2017

We recently traveled south over the Sunshine Skyway bridge at evening rush hour after miles of traffic getting to the bridge from the 118th Avenue entrance on I-275.

There were two SunPass lanes open on the southbound side (the two extreme left lanes). We took the one on the right side that was perhaps newly opened as there were two toll-takers there watching things and it appeared to accept our SunPass — saying "Go Sun Pass."

Returning northbound later that evening with much lighter traffic, we noticed the two left lanes were marked for SunPass, and the lane to the right had a red light over it. So it might have been working as a Sun Pass lane earlier in the evening, or in process of becoming a SunPass lane?

Arlene Feehan

The good news for those who may not traverse the bridge regularly is that, yes, two dedicated SunPass lanes were opened at the Sunshine Skyway bridge's north plaza March 10.

Kris Carson of the state Department of Transportation told us that work to convert a second lane dedicated to SunPass at the south toll plaza is scheduled to begin later this spring.

I recently noticed a work crew tearing up newly poured concrete under U.S. 19 at Belleair Road and am wondering what the story is with that.

The DOT told us that demolition you noticed is the realignment of the pedestrian crosswalk in that location to increase pedestrian visibility of vehicles that are turning right from eastbound Belleair Road to the southbound U.S. 19 frontage road.

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