Beat Florida traffic at night

Traffic is at a crawl along Interstate 4 past Disney World. And why are we stopping? There are three lanes and no accident!

Our day trip to St. Pete to see comedian Red Green live at the Palladium is taking longer than expected. It’s midday in March and tourists escaping the end of winter have jammed into the state of Florida.

The logjam on westbound I-4 from Orlando to Tampa finally eased as we passed Championsgate. But we could see eastbound remained a parking lot for most of the way.

Normally, a trip to the Tampa Bay area would include an overnight stay. But, the influx of people in the state also causes a rise in hotel room prices. So instead of spending the night in St. Pete, we decided to drive home after the 90-minute show.

We were on the road after 9 p.m. and covered the 144 miles in little more than two hours. That was a lot faster than it took to get to St. Pete.

On the late evening journey, Interstate 275 and I-4 were busy but moving at full speed all the way back to Orlando. Also, at that late hour, State Roads 408 and 520 were a piece of cake.

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