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Local officials want Turnpike tolls suspended in part of Martin, St. Lucie counties

Local officials want Turnpike tolls suspended in part of Martin, St. Lucie counties

Local officials want Turnpike tolls suspended in part of Martin, St. Lucie counties

Martin County, Fl (treasurecoast.com)- Would you take the Florida Turnpike if it was free?

With several important road projects on the horizon, officials in Martin County and Port St. Lucie are throwing that idea around to ease future congestion. 

 By the fall, work will begin to make a two-lane stretch of State Road 714 four lanes out to Citrus Boulevard. 

In anticipation of future traffic headaches, State Rep. Toby Overdorf penned a letter to the Turnpike Authority this week asking for toll relief. 

On Tuesday, Martin County commissioners agreed to send a similar letter as other road projects loom. 

On Monday night, the Port St. Lucie City Council supported the concept of lifting the tolls.

The draft letter from the two government bodies asks for toll relief from mile marker 133 (Martin Downs Boulevard) to mile marker 138 (Becker Road) from October of this year until October 2022. 

There’s no word when that letter will be formally sent, or when the Turnpike Authority will respond.

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