Traffic congestion

IMAGE PROVIDED BY FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL

A camera shows average congestion on Interstate 75 near North Port and Port Charlotte on Friday. The Florida Highway Patrol is concentration on keeping traffic moving as Hurricane Dorian approaches the state’s east coast.

NORTH PORT- The Florida Highway Patrol has canceled days off for troopers and put them on 12-hour shifts in readiness for Hurricane Dorian.

The FHP is focusing troopers on evacuation routes out of Florida and should traffic flow become heavy, has plans to open up shoulders for travel on Interstate 75, according to Greg Bueno, FHP spokesman.

"We anticipate our roadways will become busy this weekend," Bueno said. "We will work to keep our evacuation routes moving."

Much of the traffic flow may be from the East Coast to the West Coast of the state, he said.

"But we are dedicated to keep things moving."

FHP is recommending that motorists keep their gasoline tanks as full as possible, have cash on them and listen to updates from local emergency operation centers.

Finally, the FHP is recommending all motorists on the move this weekend pack a great deal of patience.

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