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FDOT Releases an Updated Video for Emergency Shoulder Use (ESU) During Storms

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The FDOT office of emergency management has released a new video to help educate the public on ESU.

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Emergency Shoulder Use (ESU) is Florida’s innovative strategy to increase traffic capacity during major hurricane evacuations using existing paved shoulders. First developed in 2017 and covering key corridors within the state, ESU plans replace the former one-way plans, also known as contraflow and lane reversal.

ESU plans cover the following roadway segments.

Interstate 4

  • Eastbound from US 41 in Tampa (Hillsborough County) to SR 417 in Celebration (Osceola County)

Interstate 10

  • Westbound from SR 23 in Jacksonville (Duval County) to Interstate 75 in Lake City (Columbia County)
  • Westbound from Interstate 75 in Lake City (Columbia County) to US 319 in Tallahassee (Leon County)
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Interstate 75

  • Northbound from SR 951 in Naples (Collier County) to SR 143 in Jennings (Hamilton County)

Interstate 75 Alligator Alley

  • Northbound from US 27 in Weston (Broward County) to SR 951 in Naples (Collier County)
  • Southbound from SR 951 in Naples (Collier County) to US 27 in Weston (Broward County)

Interstate 95

  • Northbound from SR 706 in Jupiter (Palm Beach County) to south of Interstate 295 in Jacksonville (Duval County)

Florida’s Turnpike

  • Northbound from SR 50 in Winter Garden (Orange County) to US 301 in Wildwood (Sumter County)

You can learn more about ESU and how it works by watching our brief public information video.

ESU was first implemented during Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Evacuees were able to drive on the inside shoulder of I-75 northbound from Wildwood to Georgia and on I-4 northbound from Tampa to Kissimmee.

Real-time traffic information is always available by visiting fl511.com or calling 511.

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein has over 35 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with neurologically impaired adults. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Florida in Speech Pathology. Leslie specializes in caring for individuals who have been effected by multiple medical conditions both acute and degenerative. Populations she cares for includes, but is not limited to, patients suffering from the symptoms of Stroke, Parkinsons, Alzheimers/Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS which can adversely affect communication, cognition and swallow. Many years of experience has provided her with extensive knowledge and skills when developing individualized therapeutic techniques to help these patients return to their prior level of functioning or improving the quality of their life.
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