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For Immediate Release October 26, 2005

Please make the following information available regarding current fuel status on Florida’s Turnpike:

  • Service Plazas on Florida’s Turnpike from Miami to Yeehaw Junction are experiencing 3 to 5 hour waits for fuel.
  • There is a $20 maximum allocation of fuel per VEHICLE...not per person. This will buy approximately seven and a half gallons of fuel. Motorists could expect to burn this much fuel waiting in line at the pumps.
  • Currently, there is a five plus mile back-up at the fuel pumps on the Turnpike.
  • There are no walk-ups for fuel. Motorists must drive to the pumps to get fuel.
  • The Turnpike asks motorists to wait until power is restored to try to get fuel. If people do try to leave the area, it is suggested that motorists have enough fuel to reach Orlando where fuel is readily available.
  • The Turnpike asks motorists to be patient. Turnpike employees are trying to accommodate everyone.

Tolls will remain suspended until further notice on:

  • Northbound and southbound Florida’s Turnpike from the US 1-Florida City interchange (Exit 1) in Miami-Dade County to the Three Lakes mainline toll plaza at Milepost 236 in Osceola County
  •  Northbound and southbound Sawgrass Expressway (Toll 869)
  • Eastbound and westbound Alligator Alley (I-75)

Media Outlets are encouraged to contact Turnpike personnel for television and radio interviews. Kim Poulton, Turnpike Communications Director, and Chad Huff, Turnpike Public Information Officer, are available for interviews.

They can be reached at:

  • 954-934-1278 – Turnpike Communications Office
  • 954-934-1288 – Kim Poulton Direct Line
  • 954-934-1289 – Chad Huff Direct Line

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Last updated: November 09, 2007

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