Hurricane Matthew Forces Closures To Protect Plaza Staff
Category 4 Hurricane Bears Down On Coast
The virulence of Hurricane Matthew and the size of its wind field has prompted officials with Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise to close the service plazas along Florida’s Turnpike. Nearly all plazas were closed by 7:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, officials wrote in a news release. Only The Okahumpka Service Plaza was left off the list of closures.
The plaza closings were effected at the following times:
- Snapper Creek – MM19 – Noon 10/6
- Pompano Beach – MM66 – Noon 10/6
- Lake Worth/W Palm Beach – MM94 – 1PM 10/6
- Fort Pierce/Port St Lucie – MM144 – 2:30PM 10/6
- Fort Drum – MM184 – 4:00PM 10/6
- Canoe Creek – MM229 – 5:30PM 10/6
- Turkey Lake – MM263 – 7:00PM 10/6
Authorities announced they would reopen the plazas after the storm was no longer a threat. “All Turnpike Service Plazas will re-open after Matthew passes and all the structures are deemed safe for operation and occupation,” the release read.
Editor’s note: This page was updated at 9:16 p.m. EDT to reflect the following changes: Shows updated closing times for Turkey Lake and Canoe Creek Service Plazas. Changed first paragraph to show all plazas closed except Okahumpa, near Wildwood.