Shoulder use stopped on I-4 from Tampa to Orlando

TAMPA (WFLA) – The Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Highway Patrol implemented a limited Emergency Shoulder Use (ESU) plan for Hurricane Irma evacuations on I-4 from Tampa to Orlando but has since been stopped

Motorists should only use the left shoulder when directed by law enforcement and highway signs.

• There is no contraflow or one-way operation in use on Florida state roadways
• No other state roadways are currently approved for shoulder use
• Although there are heavy pockets of evacuation traffic in some areas; traffic is
flowing on this section of roadway
• Law enforcement urges motorists to use caution when driving on the shoulder –
right shoulder use is prohibited
• MAX SPEED on the shoulder is 40 MPH.
• FDOT has 13 Traffic Management Centers where hundreds of DOT workers are
monitoring traffic cameras 24/7 to ensure traffic flows continue and evacuations
proceed without interruption.

NOTE: Contraflow blocks essential southbound lanes needed to bring supplies to shelters
and families in the southern part of the state. Contraflow also inhibits emergency vehicles. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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