Tolls suspended on Selmon Expressway to aid in Ian evacuation efforts

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The Florida Department of Transportation has suspended all tolls on the Selmon Expressway in compliance with Governor DeSantis’ order. The governor said his order to suspend tolls will “aid in evacuation efforts across the Bay area.” DeSantis may suspend other tolls if deemed necessary.

Make sure to visit THEA’s home page for an “up-to-the-minute status” on the direction of the REL. The Reversible Express Lane (REL) will not open westbound until further notice.

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Recent announcements from FDOT:

“Effectively immediately, FDOT will suspend lane closures on I-10 in NW FL to facilitate full traffic mobility. This suspension will continue until 11:59 pm Monday, October 3, 2022”

@GovRonDeSantis and @MyFDOT have suspended tolls on several facilities statewide effective at noon today. Tolls on these roads will not be collected electronically or via cash. Please follow @FL511 for traffic updates. https://fl511.com

“In preparation for Tropical Storm #Ian, I directed @MyFDOT to waive weight restrictions for commercial trucks to ensure ample fuel and resources are coming into FL. We’ve also waived state requirements to ensure pharmacies can prescribe 30-day emergency refills for medications.”

Seventeen construction cranes that had been working on the new Howard Frankland Bridge span now sit isolated in Old Tampa Bay to reduce the chances that Hurricane Ian might blow them into the construction or traffic. Road crews are also picking up signs, barrels and barricades to open up more lanes for people looking to evacuate.

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