Company was paid off $3.6 million to drop challenge to Florida toll road bid

A Florida state senator wants to know why the state’s Department of Transportation paid a company $3.6 million to drop its challenge to the awarding of another company with a lucrative contract to overhaul Florida’s toll road system.

State Sen. Tom Lee said the company that won the contract cost a lot of goodwill with the public following a major malfunction of the state’s main toll road billing system last year.

Millions of toll transactions got delayed as a result of a billing system upgrade. When the transactions finally began to show up, some customers incurred bank overdraft fees as a result.