Hurricane Safety and Travel Information

Tolls will be reinstated this Friday, September 6th at 12:01 a.m. on the Central Florida Expressway Authority system roads including:
• SR 408
• SR 414
• SR 417
• SR 429
• SR 528

Tolls will also be reinstated on Poinciana Parkway (SR 538) and Osceola Parkway at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 6. CFX collects tolls on these expressways on behalf of Osceola County.

Tolls were suspended on Sunday, September 1st to facilitate evacuation efforts due to Hurricane Dorian.

CFX and the E-PASS Service Centers and Reload Lanes will resume full operations on Thursday, September 4.

For up to date information on road conditions, check FL511. If you need emergency assistance, call 911 and report your problem and location.

If you need help with your vehicle, dial *347 (*FHP) and ask for a Road Ranger to be sent to your location. Road Rangers operate from 6AM – 8PM and will follow Florida Highway Patrol’s lead if patrols need to be suspended in sustained winds of 45mph or greater.

For the most current information, follow @CFXway on twitter and CFXway on Facebook.

Winter traffic jam seen through a wet windshield

Driving in Severe Weather

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles advises against driving during a dangerous storm, but if you’re left with no choice, buckle up and follow these safety rules:

  • BE PREPARED FOR INOPERABLE TRAFFIC LIGHTS. Traffic lights are designed to keep traffic moving and prevent collisions; however, non-working or missing lights can be a source of confusion for drivers. If a law enforcement officer is present, follow their directions. Otherwise, treat the intersection as if it were a four-way stop sign. If traffic lights are flashing red, come to a complete stop and treat the intersection as a four-way stop. If lights are flashing yellow, proceed with caution and be prepared to yield to oncoming traffic. How do you tell the difference? Most signals at an intersection should be working with the traditional red-yellow-green cycle. If they are not, then something is likely wrong.
  • TURN LIGHTS AND WIPERS ON, HAZARDS OFF. Florida law requires that if a vehicle’s wipers are in use, headlights must be on. Please refrain from using hazard lights except in the instance of an emergency.
  • SLOW DOWN. Keep a safe stopping distance between vehicles and avoid passing and/or changing lanes. Wet pavement can result in skidding and hydroplaning. Be patient and stay alert. Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide.
  • TURN AROUND; DON’T DROWN. Never drive through flooded areas. The area of roadway beneath the water may be washed out or may conceal debris or even power lines.
  • BE CAUTIOUS OF HIGH WINDS. Windy conditions are a driving risk to all vehicles, particularly high-profile vehicles such as buses and trucks. Use extra caution around vehicles carrying cargo. Strong wind can occur anywhere, but it can be more common in wide open spaces, including bridges and highway overpasses. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and give large vehicles extra room to maneuver.
Road Ranger helping motorist along Central Florida Expressway

Pull Over in Emergencies

Stopping your vehicle in a travel lane puts you, your passengers and other motorists in great danger. Regardless of the situation – severe weather, medical emergency, vehicle accident, flat tire, engine problem – you should pull onto a shoulder or exit to find help or shelter.

  • If you need emergency assistance, call 911 and report your problem and location.
  • If you need help with your vehicle, dial *347 (*FHP) and ask for a Road Ranger to be sent to your location.

Should you come upon a stopped emergency vehicle, Florida’s Move Over law requires you to vacate the lane closest to the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.

Additional Resources

Florida Division of Emergency Management: http://www.floridadisaster.org

Twitter @FLSERT

Hurricane Preparedness Video Library: http://www.drc-group.com/project/jitt.html#hurricane