Frances and its Impact on Valdosta

All roads and highways leading into the Peach State are jam packed with Floridians looking to avoid Frances' path.

Tammy Allan and her dog “Spunky” left their home in Fort Pierce two days before Hurricane Frances is expected to knock at their door.

Tammy says, "We don't want to be sitting on 75 or the Turnpike when the storm actually catches up with us. The traffic is horrendous today."

Horrendous is just the word. To help alleviate some of the interstate congestion both Florida and Georgia DOTs have suspended all construction activity. Transportation officials are asking all motorists to be patient with the construction zones that greet them once they enter Georgia.

Danny Griner, DOT Communications Officer, says, "Just try to be cool about it and just know that in a few miles everything will straighten out and they'll get out of construction and be able to move on at a good pace."

It's still about three days before Hurricane Frances is expected to hit this area, but DOT officials say that traffic on northbound I-75 is already twice what it normally is this time of day and it's showing no signs of slowing down.

DOT officials say they are closely monitoring the flow of traffic and will post travel information on message boards along the highway. They are also offering a little travel advice for northbound motorists.

"Maybe when you get to Tifton or Cordele or Macon, go west."

Transportation officials say they will do their best to keep traffic moving. DOT officials say they are preparing all maintenance crews to gear up for whatever Frances throws at them.


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