EMERGENCY TRAVEL ALERT:
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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 75 Alligator Alley
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.
Florida Department of Transportation
Safety, Mobility, Reliability