TAMPA — The south- and northbound lanes of Dale Mabry Highway now share an exit from Interstate 275, the Department of Transportation said.
The switch was completed about 5 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.
The 6,000 drivers every day who used Exit 41A for southbound Dale Mabry now share an exit with the 6,700 daily drivers who use Exit 41B for the northbound lanes.
The single exit, renamed 41A/B, will have two turn lanes for each direction.
As of 6:30 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol reported no traffic crashes or issues at the combined exit.
Closing Exit 41A permanently is part of a $215 million project to rebuild the southbound lanes of I-275 from the Hillsborough River to the area near State Road 60. When complete, the DOT says, there will be four through-lanes, a flatter roadway and improved interchanges.
Construction is expected to be complete in late 2015, with landscaping going on later, and has already had caused traffic shifts at the Howard/Armenia and Himes avenues exits.