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Posted on: August 19, 2020

COMMISSIONERS DIRECT STAFF TO LOOK INTO FEASIBILITY OF U.S. 1 TOLL FOR NON-RESIDENTS

A black and white 1940's photo of a toll booth on Overseas Highway with a car at the toll.

The Board of County Commissioners supports the exploration of a feasibility study for establishing toll lanes on U.S. 1 coming into the Florida Keys for non­residents to offset tourist impacts, for the protection and improvement of water quality, to support infrastructure investment against sea-level rise, and for other pressing needs within the Florida Keys, like assisting law enforcement, alleviating traffic problems, and assisting with evacuation and reentry.

In 2017, the commissioners presented Resolution 157-2017 also supporting the idea and the topic has been discussed several times over the last several years. In 2010 the commissioners also researched the practicality and ability to establish a toll on the Monroe County end of the 18-Mile Stretch to address infrastructure needs related to sea-level rise.

Tolls were collected on U.S. 1 in 1927 and 1938 and have been continually collected on Card Sound Road since 1926. The County will work with the municipalities moving forward.

Photo Courtesy of Monroe County Public Library System of the Lower Matecumbe toll booth on the Overseas Highway circa 1940.

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