Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the suspension of all tolls across the state. The announcement stated that toll-free roads will begin after 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 5th, 2017. By suspending all tolls, Floridians and visitors will more easily be able to prepare for any potential storm impacts, access important hurricane supplies, and quickly and safely evacuate when necessary.
Tolls will be suspended until further notice. Scott told the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to make the move, which would allow people in the state to move more freely across Florida—or out of the state—ahead of Irma, a Category 5 hurricane expected to hit Florida in the coming days.
The announcement comes after Scott declared a state of emergency for all 67 Florida counties in response to Hurricane Irma.
“In preparation for the potential impacts of Hurricane Irma, I have directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend all tolls across the State of Florida to keep traffic flowing,” Scott said. They will be suspended for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida. Ensuring the safety of Florida families and visitors is our top priority and suspending tolls statewide will help people quickly evacuate and make it easier for all Floridians to access important hurricane supplies to ensure they are fully prepared,” Scott said.
Scott said FDOT is ready to provide traffic assistance, along with Florida Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies