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First Coast Expressway

First Coast Expressway / FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a limited access highway?
What portion of the roadway will be tolled?
When will tolls start being collected?
Won't tolls cause congestion?
What will the toll be?
Under what circumstances could these toll rates be raised?
Can I get a discount on the toll if I am a frequent traveler?
What are the free routes which motorists can use to avoid paying tolls?
Where is the money coming from to build this road?
How does the toll bonding/construction cost funding system work?

What is a limited access highway?
A limited access highway only allows the public and motorist access to the roadway at interchanges with entrance and exit ramps.
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What portion of the roadway will be tolled?
Signs stating Future Toll Road SR 23 have been placed on SR 23 (Branan Field-Chaffee Road / Cecil Commerce Center Parkway) to inform the public of the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) plans to toll this section of roadway in the future. This roadway is part of a planned larger expressway project known as the First Coast Expressway (FCE). The FCE will be a toll facility from I-95 in St. Johns County to I-10 in Duval County. The mainline of the FCE will be tolled; however, the existing road from SR 21 to Oakleaf Plantation Parkway will become a non-tolled frontage road. Tolling this new facility will allow the project to be built much sooner.
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When will tolls start being collected?
Tolls will start being collected once the segment of roadway from New World Avenue to Blanding Boulevard is constructed.
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Won't tolls cause Congestion? Will I have to stop to pay a toll?
The Toll-23 (first portion of the First Coast Expressway) corridor will not have conventional toll collection plazas. There will be no stopping or slowing to pay tolls. All toll collection will be electronic, using the state's prepaid SunPass service or a license plate photo option called TOLL-BY-PLATE. SunPass reader equipment will be mounted overhead on structures spanning over the highway lanes. There will be one of these automated tolling facilities between each pair of interchange access points. For those vehicles equipped with SunPass, their toll amount will be automatically deducted from their prepaid account when they pass under the SunPass reader equipment at normal highway speeds.

For vehicles without SunPass, special camera equipment on the overhead gantries will record a photo of the license plate and a monthly invoice will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle, including a $2.50 monthly administration fee.
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What will the toll be?
The opening day tolls are estimated as follows:

Toll Rates for SunPass and TOLL-BY-PLATE
  SunPass Rate TOLL-BY-PLATE Rate
Mile Post - Description 2 axle 3 axle 4 axle 5 axle Add'l axles 2 axle 3 axle 4 axle 5 axle Add'l axles

PLAZA (Between New World Avenue and Normandy Boulevard)

$0.20

$0.40

$0.60

$0.80

$0.20

$0.45

$0.90

$1.35

$1.80

$0.45

PLAZA (Between Normandy Boulevard and 103rd Street)

$0.20

$0.40

$0.60

$0.80

$0.20

$0.45

$0.90

$1.35

$1.80

$0.45

PLAZA (Between 103rd Street and Argyle Forest Boulevard)

$0.60

$1.20

$1.80

$2.40

$0.60

$0.85

$1.70

$2.55

$3.40

$0.85

PLAZA (Between Argyle Forest Boulevard and Oakleaf Plantation Parkway)

$0.60

$1.20

$1.80

$2.40

$0.60

$0.85

$1.70

$2.55

$3.40

$0.85

PLAZA (Between Oakleaf Plantation Parkway and Blanding Boulevard)

$0.60

$1.20

$1.80

$2.40

$0.60

$0.85

$1.70

$2.55

$3.40

$0.85


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Under what circumstances could these toll rates be raised?
Toll rates will be adjusted annually for inflation, using the Consumer Price Index. This is in keeping with a 2007 law passed by the Florida Legislature.
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Can I get a discount on the toll if I am a frequent traveler?
At present, there is no plan for a frequent user discount. However, SunPass toll rates will be approximately 25 percent lower than TOLL-BY-PLATE.
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What are the free routes which motorists can use to avoid paying tolls?
Branan Field Road, OakLeaf Plantation Parkway, Old Middleburg Road, Chaffee Road and I-295 will all remain as free parallel north/south corridors.

Once tolls are in place, the trip from I-10 to New World Avenue and reverse will be toll free. This allows access to Cecil Commerce Center from I-10 without paying a toll. Also, between Old Jennings Road and Oakleaf Plantation Parkway, frontage roads have been constructed to maintain local access. These frontage roads are not tolled.
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Where is the money coming from to build this road?
The entire project, except the frontage roads, will be funded by the Florida Turnpike Enterprise.
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How does the toll bonding/construction cost funding system work?
The Florida Turnpike Enterprise borrows money with the toll revenues from this project as well as the entire Turnpike system as collateral for repayment of the debt. Due to Florida Turnpike Enterprise's excellent record of delivering toll projects, the interest rate on the debt is very low.
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