By: Lanetra Bennett
April 18, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Those who live near Orchard Pond Parkway say the new toll road will save a lot of time.
"Definitely. And the wear and tear on the car." Said, area resident Annie Johnson.
Johnson says trying to get between Meridian and Old Bainbridge Roads was a hassle before this new 5.2-mile paved road.
Richardson said, "About 30 minutes because you had to look out for the pot holes, passing cars. About 30 minutes. In the morning and afternoon, it would be pretty bad."
The toll road is electronic, meaning no cash is accepted and no toll booth to stop at.
Drivers can use a SunPass device that stays in their car and it's scanned electronically as they drive by.
The toll is $1.19 for SunPass customers.
The other option is to be billed by the state's Toll-by-Plate system. But, that will cost you $1.69 plus monthly administrative charges.
Reva Richardson lives in the area. She said, "The old road was so raggedy. It was a shortcut to come through, so it's nice that they took the time to build a toll road to make it convenient for everybody."
The property owners say the toll is to pay back the $13 million loan from the state to pave the road. The project was approximately $18 million.
Owned by the Phipps Family, it's the first private toll road in Florida. Cindy Phipps said, "If this project didn't continue the legacy, it wasn't worth pursuing."
You can get a SunPass from CVS, Walgreens, and Publix. There are about $5. There are two versions; one allows you to move the pass from one car to another.
The pass can be used throughout the State of Florida.
For more information on SunPass, visit SunPass.com or call 1-888-TOLL-FLA.
The old dirt road, Orchard Pond Rd., that drivers used as their short-cut in that area, will soon be a walking and biking trail.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 18, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Toll roads are all over the state, now there's one set to open in Leon County.
The Orchard Pond Parkway toll road now gives some residents an easier way to get from Meridian Road to Old Bainbridge Road, replacing Orchard Pond Road.
It is the only privately owned toll-road in Florida.
The grand opening for the road was at 10 a.m. Monday and the road is officially opened to motorists at 1 p.m.
Even if those who wouldn't typically need a reason for the commute between Meridian Road and Old Bainbridge Road, the 5.2-mile-long road will be completely free for the first two weeks.
Beginning May 2, the toll will be $1.69 without a SunPass. With a SunPass, it will cost $1.19.
SunPasses can be purchased at stores such as CVS, Walgreens, Publix, or online for about $20.