Florida Department of Health Travelers Page

Travelers entering the state of Florida from areas of significant community spread including Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey, or New York must self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their entry into Florida or the duration of their stay in Florida, whichever is shorter. For more information visit: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/.

 


COVID-19 Call Center

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In leading the implementation of Executive Orders 20-80 and 20-86, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Transportation has received an increase of questions regarding COVID-19 while traveling to Florida through flights or state highways. 

 

To assist the public, the Florida Department of Health has created a COVID-19 Call Center to answer travel-related questions during this time. The call center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Please call 1 (866) 779-6121 or email your questions to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

 


Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

~See the full list on page 8~

In accordance with Executive Order 20-91, workers who support crucial supply chains and enable functions for critical infrastructure are typically exempt. If you are unsure if your work is considered essential, please contact your employer or review the robust list of essential activities linked here.

 


StrongerThanC-19

FDOT Provides Update on I-10 Checkpoint at Florida/Alabama State Line

June 5, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In accordance with Phase 2 of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-byStep. Plan for Florida’s Recovery, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has deactivated the checkpoint for screening travelers seeking to enter Florida on Interstate 10 at the Florida/Alabama state line.

Motorists are encouraged to drive cautiously and safely while crews are working to deactivate the checkpoint.

The Interstate 95 checkpoint at the Florida/Georgia state line remains active at this time. Future updates will be provided via FDOT’s social media platforms – Facebook: @FLDOT, Twitter: @MyFDOT and Instagram: @my_fdot. Motorists seeking real-time traffic information should refer to fl511.com/.

Read the release here.


FDOT Accelerates Significant Portions of I-4 Ultimate Project

~ Segments of westbound general use lanes and SR 408 interchange to be completed 1-2 months early ~

April 11, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Furthering Governor Ron DeSantis’ direction to accelerate transportation projects across Florida, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is expediting significant portions of the I-4 Ultimate Project in Orlando. With the ability to increase lane closures and extend work hours because of the reduction in traffic from COVID-19, FDOT plans to complete segments of the westbound general use lanes and their connection to the SR 408 interchange by Summer 2020, which is 1-2 months earlier. This acceleration will also help continue to provide much-needed jobs throughout Central Florida.

“The Department completely understands that I-4 is a major artery within our state’s transportation system and delivering these significant portions of the I-4 Ultimate Project is a huge win for Florida’s residents and economy,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “We are thrilled to accelerate as many segments of the project as possible so Central Florida residents can experience enhanced mobility on the corridor once we return to normal after COVID-19.” 

The $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project will reconstruct 21 miles of I-4 from west of Kirkman Road to east of State Road 434 in Longwood. The specific segments of the I-4 Ultimate project that will be accelerated include:

  • Segments of Westbound I-4 through downtown Orlando.
  • Portions of the SR 408 interchange.

Acceleration of work in these areas will put more lanes of westbound I-4 into final configuration, reduce the number of construction sequences that would have occurred, and greatly reduce congestion through the most heavily traveled interchange within the I-4 Ultimate project.

No additional costs will be incurred or paid to accelerate these work activities. Maps of the planned detours and lane closures are attached and posted below reference. 

FDOT continues to look for opportunities to accelerate projects across the state during this low traffic period and will share those updates as they are available.

Read the press release here.

 

View the planned detours and lane closures here.

 

Click on an image to view it at full size

Thumb - I-4 corridor map

I-4 Corridor Map

Thumb - SR 408 - I-4 InterchangeS.R. 408 - I-4 Interchange

Thumb - I-4  over Livingston-Amelia

 I-4  over Livingston-Amelia

Thumb - I-4 - SR 50

I-4 - S.R. 50

Thumb - I-4 - SR 434

I-4 - S.R. 434

 

FDOT Accelerates Critical Infrastructure Projects Valued at $2.1 Billion

~ Reduction in traffic allows state to expedite transportation improvements, provide needed jobs ~

April 1, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  At the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has started accelerating critical infrastructure projects, which are valued at $2.1 Billion. Due to a reduction in traffic throughout Florida during the fight against COVID-19, FDOT will expedite crucial improvements to the state’s transportation system and provide much needed jobs.

“The Governor understands that Florida’s transportation system is the backbone of our economy and FDOT is proud to accelerate projects, which will help expedite goods to market and provide much needed jobs throughout the state,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “Safety is our top priority, so we will continue to ensure that employees have the sanitation supplies needed to follow the guidance from the CDC and work with our industry partners to implement these same precautions to keep workers safe and healthy.”

Following an initial review of all pending construction projects across all FDOT districts, including the Florida Turnpike Enterprise, FDOT has identified the following projects to be accelerated:

  • The $864M Howard Frankland Bridge project in the Tampa Bay area will be accelerated by nearly 4 weeks.
  • The widening of Southern Boulevard (SR 80) in western Palm Beach County will be accelerated by nearly 3 months.
  • In Miami-Dade, the I-395/SR 836/I-95 Design Build Project is an $802 million reconstruction project being done in coordination with the local expressway authority that will be accelerated by 4 weeks. 
  • The project at Sand Lake Road (SR 482) near the heavy tourist area of International Drive and Universal Boulevard in Orlando will be accelerated by 4 to 6 weeks.

Several other projects, by region, include:

Southeast Florida

  • Phase one of construction on the US-1 Cow Key Bridge in Monroe County will be accelerated by 1 week.

Southwest Florida

  • Paving along I-75 at the SR 70 Interchange in Manatee County will be accelerated by 2 weeks.
  • Paving, widening and signal upgrades along State Road 951 in southern Collier County will be accelerated by 4 weeks.

Northwest Florida

  • The 23rd Street Flyover project at the intersection of US 98 and 23rd Street in Bay County will be accelerated by 1 week.

Northeast Florida

  • The Diverging Diamond Interchange on SR 200 (A1A) at Interstate 95 in Nassau County, the first of its kind in Northeast Florida, will be accelerated by two months.

Read the press release here.

View the Accelerated Project Map here.

 


FDOT Furthers the Implementation of Executive Order 20-86 at Florida/Georgia
Line on I-95

~ Interstate commerce not impacted ~

March 29, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  With the primary goal of keeping Floridians safe and to further the implementation of Executive Order 20-86 issued on March 27, 2020, by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in coordination with the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), is implementing an additional checkpoint for motorists entering Florida from Georgia on I-95. No checkpoints within the state impede commerce or the timely delivery of products across Florida.

Effective immediately, motorists who are traveling from areas with substantial community spread including Louisiana, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, will be required to isolate for a period of 14 days upon entry to Florida or for the duration of their visit, whichever is shorter, and should be prepared for additional monitoring by DOH to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Executive Order 20-86 does not apply to persons performing military, emergency, health or infrastructure response, or persons involved in any commercial activity, including individuals that live in Georgia and commute to work in Florida. 

Upon entry in Florida, each arriving traveler or responsible family member (if traveling as a family) will be required to complete a traveler form. The form requires key information, including each traveler’s contact information and trip details. Failure to complete the form and failure to follow any isolation or quarantine order from DOH are a violation of Florida law.

Additionally, travelers will be provided with a traveler card, which has contact information and guidance in the event the traveler exhibits symptoms while in isolation that are attributed to COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
To assist with the implementation and enforcement of the Executive Order, FHP will staff the checkpoint at I-95 at the Georgia/Florida line 24 hours a day with more than a dozen troopers in 12-hour shifts. 

FDOT’s top priority is safety; therefore, motorists who are approaching a checkpoint should be prepared to reduce their speed. Motorists should expect to be directed by law enforcement to enter the weigh station. Depending upon the motorist’s origin, they will be directed to either proceed back to the Interstate or to pull aside for further screening. 

Commercial motor vehicles should proceed in the left lane and may bypass the checkpoint to ensure timely delivery of products across the state.

As part of the implementation, the I-95 southbound ramp to U.S. 17 will be closed. Motorists seeking to access U.S. 17 will be detoured to S.R. 200 in Yulee, Florida. For additional real-time traffic information, please refer to https://fl511.com/.

Read the press release here.

 


FDOT Provides Guidance for Implementation of Executive Order 20-80

~Travelers from the New York Tri-State area required to isolate for 14 days upon arrival ~

March 24, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  In an effort to keep Floridians safe and to assist with the implementation of Executive Order 20-80 issued on March 23, 2020 by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in coordination with the Florida Department of Health (DOH), is providing guidance to travelers who seek to come to Florida from the New York Tri-State area. Effective immediately, travelers will be required to isolate for a period of 14 days from the time of entry or for the duration of their visit, whichever is shorter, and should be prepared for additional monitoring by DOH to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Upon arrival to Florida, each arriving traveler or responsible family member (if traveling as a family) will be required to complete an airport traveler form. The form requires key information related to the traveler’s history including contact information and trip details be provided to DOH. Failure to complete the form and failure to follow any isolation or quarantine order from DOH are a violation of Florida law. Members of the Florida National Guard will be on site at airports throughout the state to help ensure the process runs efficiently. 

Additionally, travelers will be provided with a traveler card, which has contact information and guidance in the event the traveler exhibits symptoms that are attributed to COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, while in isolation. 

To further assist with the implementation of the Executive Order, FDOT has requested that each public use airport provide data, including existing scheduled flights that will originate from the greater New York area, to ensure DOH staff and law enforcement are onsite upon the flight’s arrival. FDOT has and will continue to coordinate with public use airports across the state as the state’s response to COVID-19 evolves. 

Read the press release here.

 


Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Temporarily Closing SunPass Customer Service Center Walk-In Services

March 21, 2020

Ocoee Fla. – The Florida Department of Transportation’s Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise is furthering its efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by closing its SunPass Customer Service Walk-In Centers located throughout the state. The closures will take effect Monday, March 23, 2020.

In an effort to provide service to our valued customers, the toll-free number continues to be open. Customers can call SunPass at 1-888-TOLL-FLA (1-888-865-5352). Call center representatives are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. SunPass customers can also access their accounts 24/7 by visiting www.SunPass.com.

The following SunPass Customer Service Walk-In Centers are affected by the temporary closing:

  • Snapper Creek, Milepost 19, Florida Turnpike, Miami
  • Miami, 7902 NW 36th Street, Unit 203, Doral
  • Boca Raton, 7941 Glades Road, Boca Raton
  • Tampa, 10137 E. Adamo Drive, Suite 800A, Tampa
  • Pinellas Bayway Administration Center, 4501 54th Avenue S, St. Petersburg
  • Ocoee Walk-In Center, 9405 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee
  • Mid-Bay Bridge, 1200 White Point Road, Niceville
  • Garcon Point Bridge, 555 Avalon Boulevard, Milton

The Turnpike has undertaken several initiatives to date to support Governor Ron DeSantis’ proactive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including no longer accepting cash from toll booth operators and promoting online customer service options.

The Department will continue to closely monitor its response and will update customers accordingly. To receive the most accurate information, please visit www.SunPass.com or follow us @FloridaTurnpike on Twitter.

Read the press release here.

 


Florida Department of Transportation’s Turnpike Enterprise Will Process All Vehicles Electronically Through Toll-By-Plate

~ Temporarily, cash payments not accepted ~

March 19, 2020

Tallahassee, Fla. – To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to help keep toll collectors safe, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) will temporarily not accept cash as a form of payment for tolls. Tolls will still be required, but they will be collected through an electronic process. The change will take place starting at noon today.

As part of this initiative, customers should continue driving through the toll plaza and pay attention to overhead and portable signs. In addition, the following items will apply:

  • SunPass and interoperable customers will continue to have tolls posted to their accounts.
    • o Vehicles without a SunPass will be billed for toll transactions at the posted cash toll rate and receive a Toll Enforcement Invoice in the mail. The invoice administrative fee ($2.50) will temporarily be waived.
    • o Drivers who elect to become a SunPass customer will receive several benefits including a discount on tolls of nearly 25%. SunPass works on all Florida toll roads and most bridges.
      Customers will still be able to utilize the “Exact Coin Lanes” where there is no toll operator present to remit coin payment at those locations. 

Additionally, customers who receive a Toll Enforcement Invoice and wish to open a SunPass account can go online at www.SunPass.com to pay the invoice, purchase a transponder, establish the account and receive the lower SunPass toll rate. The cost of a mini transponder ($4.99) will be credited back to the account, effectively making the transponder free. 

FDOT will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and will update customers accordingly. To receive the most accurate information, please visit www.SunPass.com or follow us @FloridaTurnpike on Twitter.

Read the press release here.