TAMPA — Expect a crazier commute home this afternoon if you live in Clearwater.
The Florida Department of Transportation plans to move an exit ramp leading to the Courtney Campbell Parkway from one side of northbound Memorial Highway to the other. The move is scheduled for 5:30 a.m.
Motorists who miss the right-only exit will have one last opportunity to get off the highway, at Independence Parkway a half-mile up the road, before they end up on the Veterans Expressway, a toll road.
Department officials don't expect the move's full impact to be felt until the afternoon rush hour, when thousands of commuters head home to Clearwater. About 24,500 drivers take the Courtney Campbell exit from northbound Memorial each day, the department said.
What has been a triple-lane left exit to get onto the Courtney Campbell will be shut down for a few months to allow workers to build new lanes. Also today, northbound through-traffic will be shifted to four new lanes.
The changes are part of a $214 million project.