Florida to resume charging tolls after being suspended for Hurricane Irma

Updated Sept 19, 2017
  • By Brianna Chambers, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

UPDATE - Sept. 19: 

Florida authorities said the state will resume charging tolls on its turnpike and other roads and bridges at 12:01 a.m. Thursday after they were suspended during Hurricane Irma.

Original story:

More than a week after Hurricane Irma hit parts of Florida, the state’s tolls are still suspended while cities rebuild and residents return to their homes and repair damages to property, some with the help of friends and family members traveling into the state.

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Others have traveled to the state to volunteer with repair efforts.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott suspended tolls after ordering Floridians to evacuate ahead of the hurricane. Millions of people fled the state. 

Scott wrote on Twitter Monday that tolls would remain suspended as residents and officials “focus on recovery efforts.”

It’s unclear when toll fees will be reinstated, but Scott said he would keep people updated. 

As Hurrcane Irma approaches Florida September 8, 2017 a sign on a toll road leading from Cocoa Beach to Orlando alerts drivers that tolls have been suspended because of the impending storm. Warning that Irma would be worse than Hurricane Andrew, which killed 65 people in 1992, Florida's governor said all of the state's 20.6 million inhabitants should prepare to evacuate. (BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images