Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public safety

Northbound lanes closed by troubled road repairs reopen on Interstate 275

TAMPA — As of 4:58 a.m. Tuesday, state Department of Transportation officials reported, all lanes of northbound Interstate 275 were open in Tampa's West Shore area.

Two lanes had been closed overnight between West Shore Boulevard and Lois Avenue for asphalt repairs that began Saturday evening. The repairs, which were expected to be complete early Sunday, continued throughout the weekend and into Monday as traffic and other conditions caused complications.

The situation led to long traffic backups Sunday, which stretched across the Howard Frankland Bridge and into St. Petersburg.

By Tuesday morning, though, things appeared to be back to normal.

"As far as right now, to get across the bridge, I'd say (it takes) 10 minutes," said Bay News 9 traffic reporter Chuck Henson. "It looks a little slow on the north end of 275, heading into Tampa. But I'd call that normal. As far as that construction is concerned, it's not an issue this morning."

Normal commutes were expected Tuesday morning.

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