FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EXPRESS LANES NOW OPEN AT MIDPOINT BRIDGE TOLL PLAZA

FORT MYERS, FL, August 9, 2000 --

WHO: LEE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, through a $20M grant from the Federal Highway Administration, and in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation has opened Express Lanes.

WHAT: DEDICATED EXPRESS LANES for LEEWAY PREPAY ACCOUNTHOLDERS ONLY.

WHEN: OPENED SINCE THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2000 AT 6:00 A.M. August 3rd is also the two-year anniversary of the Variable Pricing Program, which offers a 50% toll discount before and after peak traffic times. LeeWay Prepay account holders using Express Lanes also qualify for the Variable Pricing discount. Variable Pricing times are Monday through Friday, 6:30-7 a.m., 9-11 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. excluding holidays.

WHERE: MIDPOINT MEMORIAL BRIDGE. The two (2) far left lanes in both eastbound and westbound directions of the Midpoint Memorial Bridge will be dedicated Express Lanes. Coin drop customers will not be allowed in the Express Lanes. Overhead signs will indicate “No Coins/No Cash” and “Prepaid Only.”

WHY: BECAUSE YOU ASKED FOR IT! Express lanes are able to process many more vehicles per hour than typical lanes. This will lead to reduced congestion for all customers and even quicker trips for LeeWay Prepay accountholders. HOW: Lee County Department of Transportation is able to implement Express Lanes by adopting Violation Enforcement Policies and Procedures. To insure the safety of the traveling public and our toll personnel, toll violations and a 15 mile-per-hour speed limit will be enforced through the Express Lanes. The new Violation Enforcement System will allow LeeWay Prepay customers the convenience of non-stop cruising through the lanes.