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I-275 drivers escape major traffic woes

TAMPA — Despite predictions of epic traffic jams on northbound Interstate 275 between the Howard Frankland Bridge and downtown Tampa, traffic flowed smoothly Saturday.

Vehicles moved slower because of the 45 mph speed limit, but there weren't any major delays, said Florida Department of Transportation spokesman John McShaffrey.

"It exceeded our expectations," he said.

The department had predicted traffic backups stretching into Pinellas county.

Still, McShaffrey advises that drivers avoid northbound I-275 today or plan on longer commutes.

Traffic was switched to the new northbound I-275 alignment between the Himes Avenue and Ashley Drive/Scott Street exists early Saturday morning. Just two travel lanes are open in this area. A third lane is expected to open before 5:30 a.m. Monday.

The Dale Mabry entrance ramp onto northbound I-275 was reopened, and alternating exit ramp closures at Exit 44 (Ashley/Scott) started. Only the new Himes Avenue entrance ramp remains closed. It should open Monday.

I-275 drivers escape major traffic woes 04/25/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 25, 2009 6:37pm]

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