Gov. Scott calling for improvements to emergency evacuation routes

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By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 12, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Governor Rick Scott is asking the Florida Department of Transportation to begin examining ways to make improvements to emergency evacuation routes from the I-75 / Florida Turnpike Interchange near Wildwood to the Florida-Georgia border.

The goal of the review is to find ways to improve the flow of traffic along evacuation routes during hurricanes and other emergencies.

The call to action comes one month after Hurricane Irma forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate South Florida, clogging the state's highways and interstates.

In a statement on Thursday, Governor Scott said, "In preparation for Hurricane Irma, the state worked closely with local emergency management, transportation and law enforcement partners to successfully oversee the largest evacuation in U.S. history. Anytime a natural disaster threatens our state, we must do all we can to ensure Floridians can evacuate safely. That is why today, I am directing FDOT and their traffic experts to begin a comprehensive evaluation on ways to help expedite evacuation routes on I-75 from Wildwood to the Florida-Georgia border. This roadway is a major evacuation route, and it is crucial that residents and visitors can quickly and safely travel in this area during emergencies. We will continue to work with all our partners to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure our state is fully prepared for all emergencies so we can keep our families and visitors safe."

FDOT's report is scheduled to be submitted in January 2018.

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