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Scenic Highway — Florida State Road 17

State Road 17 is known as Scenic Highway, an interesting showcase of Florida.  Some ‘Old Florida’ remains.

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Before the widening of US Highway 27 in Polk and Highlands County, 27 took a different route.  As a two-lane road, it wound through the hills, lakes, and orange groves of the area.

The new highway configuration left behind the center of several small towns as the new highway passed just to the west.

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Hurricane Irma Evacuation

As the forecast cone for Irma shifts east, west, east, west, more and more people are evacuating.

Please see the map below for up-to-the-minute traffic data. 

The map shows the entire peninsula of Florida, but can be zoomed into your particular area.

Note: Refresh this page everytime you access it.

Updates

Update 1, 8:23 AM, 9/8/17: Consider US Highways 19, 41, 301, 27, and 441 in lieu of the interstates.  Interstate 75 is especially slow northbound from the Hernando-Sumter County line to the beyond the Florida-Georgia border.

Update 2, 9:33 AM, 9/8/17: For county-by-county alerts, please go to Florida 511.

Update 3: 7:36 AM, 9/9/17: Download the Gas Buddy App on Android or iPhone, or go to their website, where users report prices and availability of gas.

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Stuckey’s — A Store, Restaurant, Gas Station, and Gift Shop. Then & Now

I remember those Stuckey’s billboards headed up Interstate 75 to grandma and grandpa’s house.

The signs with red letters called out to travelers.  They were mostly near Interstate highways, at least that’s what I remember.

Stuckey's
Dilapidated billboard. Photo by marada via Flickr under the license CC BY-ND 2.0

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The Howard Frankland Bridge — Past, Present, and Future

The Howard Frankland Bridge opened in 1960 as a means of travel across Old Tampa Bay from Tampa to St. Petersburg.  A widened Gandy Bridge was completed a few miles to the south in 1956.  The Courtney Campbell Causeway sits a few miles to the north, carrying traffic from Tampa to Clearwater.

(Before the bridges: Memorial Highway)

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Roadtrippin’ — Day Six

In a six-part series, Take The Highway takes to the highway on a six day roadtrip through the southeast, mid-Atlantic, and northeastern United States.

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We took our time getting up on this, the last day of the trip.  Breakfast at the Ambassador Inn was located in a former restaurant building located on the property.  It was a fairly basic breakfast, nothing special.  Eggo waffles, cereal, mini donuts, milk, orange juice, coffee, and fruit.

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Roadtrippin’ — Day Five

In a six-part series, Take The Highway takes to the highway on a six day roadtrip through the southeast, mid-Atlantic, and northeastern United States.

Click here to go back to day four.

We got a mid-morning start from our accommodations in Philadelphia.  In packing everything up and getting ready, we hadn’t gotten around to eating breakfast.

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Roadtrippin’ — Day Four

In a six-part series, Take The Highway takes to the highway on a six day roadtrip through the southeast, mid-Atlantic, and northeastern United States.

Click here to go back to day three.

After not bothering with the underwhelming breakfast bar in Binghamton, we stopped at McDonald’s to get some breakfast items, then hit the road.

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