Drivers be aware: SunPass systems going offline Tuesday

Lee Herald Favicon 16Do you have a SunPass? If so, now’s the time to make sure your account is topped off with funds.

SunPass systems are going offline for maintenance for several days starting on Tuesday evening, which means that nearly all of the tolling authority services will be inaccessible.

The tolling system works on all state toll roads and bridges, including the toll plazas on Alligator Alley, the Cape Coral Bridge, the Midpoint Memorial Bridge, and the Sanibel Causeway.

On Tuesday at 7 p.m., the systems will go off, and they’re going to remain off until 9 a.m. Monday, June 11.

Anyone using a SunPass transponder will still be charged for passing through a toll plaza at that time, however no transactions will take place until the systems come back online. For that reason, the Florida Department of Transportation is warning drivers now: if they load their account with cash, do it before Tuesday. Automatic reloads with EasyPay will be done when the systems come back online.

During the maintenance period, the SunPass website, customer service call centers, balance replenishments, Toll-by-plate, new account activations, and all SunPass airport parking outside of Orlando International will not be available.

New transponders can still be purchased at non-SunPass operated businesses, including Publix, Walgreen’s, CVS, and AAA, but they can’t be activated until after June 11.

This also means that drivers will be unable to add or remove cars, including rental cars, from their accounts.

Toll bridges in Cape Coral and Sanibel are under the oversight of LeeWay, Lee County’s tolling authority. LeeWay services will not be impacted by the change, a county spokesperson said. SunPass transponders work on LeeWay bridges.

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