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Drivers getting toll bills in the mail again from Miami-Dade Expressway Authority

 

If you use major expressways in Miami-Dade and pay by toll-by-plate, expect to see bills in the mail again soon after a three-month suspension because of computer work.

 
 MDX operates five toll roads in Miami-Dade: Gratigny Parkway and State Roads 836, 874, 878 and 112.
MDX operates five toll roads in Miami-Dade: Gratigny Parkway and State Roads 836, 874, 878 and 112.
C. M. GUERRERO / El Nuevo Herald File

achardy@ElNuevoHerald.com

Thousands of motorists who did not receive a bill the last three months of the year for driving on Miami-Dade’s tollways should see one in their mailbox soon.

The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority on Tuesday began mailing out invoices to 149,000 customers without SunPass transponders.

“The invoices are going out,” said agency spokesman Mario Diaz.

Bills include tolls owed for October, November and December and the average bill will be about $20, Diaz said.

The total amount for all 149,000 invoices will be about $3 million.

Diaz’s announcement caps a controversy that arose earlier this month when TV station NBC6 (WTVJ) revealed that MDX had stopped sending out monthly bills after the agency switched contractors.

Customers without SunPasses are billed by the toll-by-plate system where a camera photographs the license plate of a vehicle when it crosses an electronic collection portal. A bill generally is sent out monthly.

While the majority of drivers pay tolls using SunPass, about 10 percent of the estimated one million daily MDX highway users pay tolls via toll-by-plate.

MDX operates five toll roads in Miami-Dade: Gratigny Parkway and State Roads 836, 874, 878 and 112.

When the delay was first publicized, MDX said it would start sending out bills on April 15. That didn’t happen.

Diaz said transferring data on the thousands of transactions was very time consuming and created an additional delay.

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