I-275 traffic flowing after weekend lane switches in Tampa

TAMPA — Traffic is flowing smoothly along southbound Interstate 275 near the Howard/Armenia exit, where new lanes opened over the weekend, a Florida Department of Transportation spokesman said.

Traffic backed up when lanes closed from Friday until Saturday night as road crews worked to shift vehicles to the old northbound lanes between the Hillsborough River and Himes Avenue.

Some finishing touches on barrier walls and road striping will cause nighttime lane closures this week, but commuters should not expect any more major backups, FDOT spokesman John McShaffrey said.

"It's going better than expected," he said. "Traffic is blowing through there."

It's part of a $110 million reconstruction of northbound I-275 from three lanes to four. The old northbound lanes were kept in place for southbound traffic to be taken off the mainline travel lanes sooner, according to the FDOT.

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I-275 traffic flowing after weekend lane switches in Tampa 04/05/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 5, 2010 1:23pm]

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