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Tampa, Florida --Motorists traveling on the Veterans Expressway in the Carrollwood and Town 'N' Country areas should be prepared for the temporary closure of the Veterans Expressway southbound on-ramp at Waters Avenue beginning July 26.

The Florida Department of Transportation says starting at 10 p.m., Friday, July 26, the southbound on-ramp at Waters Avenue will be closed continuously until 5 a.m., Monday, July 29 to accommodate installation of foundations for the new toll gantry.

Motorists should use Hillsborough Avenue to the south or Linebaugh Avenue to the north to access the southbound Veterans Expressway.

Drivers are also reminded that beginning at 9 p.m., Sunday, July 28, the two far right southbound lanes through the Anderson mainline toll plaza will be closed indefinitely to accommodate reconstruction of the southbound roadway.

This construction is part of a $386 million improvement project that widens 11 miles of the Veterans Expressway (Toll 589) in Hillsborough County, providing much needed congestion relief to this regionally significant corridor.

The current widening project also includes a concurrent project to convert the section of highway from Memorial Highway to Van Dyke Road to all-electronic tolling (AET) providing non-stop travel to the nearly 150,000 customers who travel the Veterans Expressway every day.

By mid-2014, the Veterans Expressway will eliminate cash toll collection in favor of all-electronic tolling, although roadway construction will continue.

After conversion, motorists who choose the Veterans Expressway must have a SunPass prepaid toll account or they will be mailed a bill and charged a monthly invoice fee.

Seventy-five percent of the 150,000 motorists who travel Toll 589 every day already use SunPass to pay tolls and enjoy a lower toll rate than cash customers.

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