Florida lifts tolls on state toll roads as Hurricane Irma inches closer

Florida has suspended tolls on its toll roads to make it easier to criss-cross the state ahead of Hurricane Irma. (Brooke Rayford/WGFL)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott just made it easier for Florida residents to criss-cross the state as they prepare for Hurricane Irma.

Scott directed the Department of Transportation to suspend tolls to allow residents to easily prepare for storm impacts, access important hurricane supplies and safely evacuate, if necessary.

Scott released the following statement:

“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. 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. FDOT has been in constant contact with local districts and stands ready to provide traffic assistance alongside the Florida Highway Patrol and their law enforcement partners. We are continuing to closely monitor the developments of Hurricane Irma and will continue to take aggressive action to keep our state safe.”

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