When a new light turns green on the road, you know it’s time to turn around and head home.
However, when you’re heading home from work and you’re not in traffic, you might want to avoid the area as much as possible.
“We have a lot of road closures right now, and traffic is going to be a big factor,” said Brad Lefebvre, a spokesman for the Tampa Area Transportation Authority.
“So I would not recommend it.”
It’s not the first time Lefevre has been in a traffic situation that involved the road being closed for a long time.
In July 2014, a tractor trailer flipped over in the area of Highway 596, which connects Tampa to Tampa International Airport.
Lefefe said a car caught fire.
The road reopened in the days after the accident, but the area is still closed due to construction and reconstruction work.
According to Lefefevres traffic management plan, the area must be kept at a minimum of five feet of snow, ice or snow.
He said the area should be closed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., with an average of about three hours between delays.
If you’re stuck on the side of the road for too long, Lefecve recommends leaving it to the driver to make the decision.
“When we see a car on the highway, if you can get off, you are going to have to turn back and get off the highway,” he said.
“That’s not really an option.”
There are several ways to avoid being stuck in the road.
There are signs posted throughout the area reminding drivers of the conditions, and some of the signs are posted at intersections.
Lefe said he also recommends using an electronic tollbooth to pay for your way home.
If you have any questions, contact your transportation agency.