TAMPA — Tampa Bay area commuters got some good news Tuesday: The confusing changes around Tampa International Airport are over.
After months of shifting lanes and changing exits around Interstate 275 and State Road 60, the Florida Department of Transportation is done with all that.
While one more lane out of the airport is scheduled to open before Christmas, the remaining road work involves painting, resurfacing and landscaping, said John McShaffrey, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation.
New lanes next to the main part of SR 60 between I-275 and the Veterans Expressway now divide and route drivers to their destinations.
The goal of the $215 million reconstruction project is to link I-275 with the Veterans Expressway and end crowding caused by cars funneling onto one road and crisscrossing around one another to get to their destinations.
That doesn't mean drivers won't be confused, so the DOT has installed signs to help guide people to the correct lanes for Spruce Street, the George Bean Parkway to the airport, the Courtney Campbell Parkway, Memorial Highway, Eisenhower Boulevard and the Veterans Expressway.
"I think what we're really going to see probably over the next week or so is that traffic is going to get better and better every afternoon," McShaffrey said. "We're going to really see the traffic flowing through there."