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1027578 2038-01-01 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-01T00:00:00.000-05:00 2009-08-14 03:35:08.0 UTC 2009-08-13T23:35:08.000-04:00 memorial-exit-detour-to-courtney-campbell-awaits-commuters-next-week Published 2009-08-14 03:35:09.0 UTC 2009-08-13T23:35:09.000-04:00 news/transportation/roads DTI 53775803 TAMPA — Afternoon rush-hour is about to get more hectic for thousands of motorists heading home to Clearwater as the Department of Transportation prepares to move an exit ramp from one side of northbound Memorial Highway to the other. The shift, set for 5:30 a.m. Wednesday if weather permits, means drivers heading northbound on Memorial will need to move to the right lanes to take the Courtney Campbell Parkway. The triple-lane left exit drivers currently use will be shut for a few months so workers can rebuild lanes leading to the exit. When finished, motorists will have both a right and a left exit to the Courtney Campbell from northbound Memorial. The changes are part of the $214 million reconstruction of roads near Tampa International Airport. The project is expected to be finished by the end of the year, four months ahead of schedule. "For a while it seemed we'd take a couple of steps forward and then a step backward with having to build temporary lanes, but now all the steps are forward," DOT spokesman John McShaffrey said. Also on Wednesday, traffic on northbound Memorial will be shifted to what now is part of the highway's southbound lanes. The four-lane road will have new lighting and fewer curves and bumps. Officials anticipate the exit-ramp switch will not go as smoothly, despite a campaign of public announcements and electronic signs announcing the changes starting Monday. "There will be some people, we're sure, that will miss that exit and try to make some sudden lane changes," McShaffrey said. The resulting crisscrossing is almost certain to stir up confusion and trigger delays, especially during afternoon rush-hour as thousands of Clearwater-bound drivers try to decide within seconds which lane to use. If they miss the exit, they'll get only one chance to turn around, at Independence Parkway a half-mile up the road, before ending up on the Veterans Expressway and being forced to pay a toll. It's 25 cents to exit at the Hillsborough Avenue toll plaza. "We'll try to do the best we can with signs, but we know some folks will miss the signs and be distracted," McShaffrey said. A similar lane shift sparked massive traffic headaches last fall on southbound Memorial Highway. Drivers trying to get to Tampa International Airport and the West Shore business district discovered the exit ramp had been switched to the highway's left side so workers could build a new ramp to the airport. Some confused drivers pulled over. Others found themselves trapped on the triangular no-man's land between the exit and the highway. The gridlock turned a 30-minute commute for some into a hours-long slog. McShaffrey isn't expecting that same level of confusion this time around, but he anticipates some delays. About 24,500 drivers take the Courtney Campbell exit from northbound Memorial each day. "The signs will be coming out there on Monday. They'll be like a count-down clock, announcing a traffic switch is coming in X-number of days, so people are prepared," he said. "I think most of them will get it." By Rich Shopes, Times Correspondent Transportation,Hillsborough,News,Roads Memorial exit detour to Courtney Campbell awaits commuters next week By Rich Shopes The northbound Memorial exit onto State Road 60 switches sides. TAM Tampa &amp; State dhvr5 dhvr5 Lanes to shift around airport <p><b>On the Web</b></p><p>An animated graphic showing the lane change is at <b>links.tampabay.com.</b></p> tampa 1 LANESHIFT081409.2st Lanes to shift around airport 2009-08-14 04:00:00.0 UTC 2009-08-14T00:00:00.000-04:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2009/08/13/53775803-memorial-exit-detour-to-courtney-campbell-awaits-commuters-next-week StaffArticle news,transportationTransportationTAMPA — Afternoon rush-hour is about to get more hectic for thousands of motorists heading home to Clearwater as the Department of Transportation prepares to move an exit ramp from one side of northbound Memorial Highway to the other.Transportation,Hillsborough,News,RoadsTransportation,Hillsborough,News,RoadsRich Shopes 1273488 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-02-02 21:21:26.0 UTC 2013-02-02T16:21:26.000-05:00 rich-shopes published Rich Shopes <p>Rich Shopes is a reporter for the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i> covering government and politics in Pasco County.</p><p>Before coming to Florida in 1999, he lived in Philadelphia and New Jersey. He worked at the <i>Tampa Tribune</i> before joining the <i>Times</i> in 2012 to cover Plant City. He currently lives in Manatee County with his lovely wife, Sandy, and their squirrel-obsessed Norfolk terrier, Charley.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 99085482 Rich Shopes is a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times covering government and politics in Pasco County. Before coming to Florida in 1999, he lived in Philadelphia and New Jersey. He worked at the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times in 2012 to cover Plant City. He currently lives in Manatee County with his lovely wife, Sandy, and their squirrel-obsessed Norfolk terrier, Charley. <p>Phone: (727) 869-6236</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:rshopes@tampabay.com">rshopes@tampabay.com</a> </p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2013/02/Shopes_Rich_wp_9833369.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/99085482-rich-shopes AuthorProfile <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">RICH SHOPES</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Correspondent 2267768 2016-03-03 09:57:55.0 UTC 6 Months Ago courtney-campbell-road-work-scheduled-at-night-underneath-bridge news/transportation/roads Courtney Campbell road work scheduled at night underneath bridge StaffArticle 2264315 2016-02-05 19:56:56.0 UTC 7 Months Ago commuter-rail-tbx-top-2016-regional-transportation-priorities news/transportation TBX, commuter rail top 2016 transportation priorities for Tampa Bay StaffArticle 2282958 2016-06-24 10:15:27.0 UTC 2 Months Ago relief-for-south-tampa-commuters-as-west-shore-boulevard-reopens-to-traffic news/transportation/roads Relief for South Tampa commuters as West Shore Boulevard reopens to traffic StaffArticle <p>TAMPA — Afternoon rush-hour is about to get more hectic for thousands of motorists heading home to Clearwater as the Department of Transportation prepares to move an exit ramp from one side of northbound Memorial Highway to the other.</p> <p>The shift, set for 5:30 a.m. Wednesday if weather permits, means drivers heading northbound on Memorial will need to move to the right lanes to take the Courtney Campbell Parkway.</p> <p>The triple-lane left exit drivers currently use will be shut for a few months so workers can rebuild lanes leading to the exit.</p> <p>When finished, motorists will have both a right and a left exit to the Courtney Campbell from northbound Memorial.</p> <p>The changes are part of the $214 million reconstruction of roads near Tampa International Airport. The project is expected to be finished by the end of the year, four months ahead of schedule.</p> <p>&quot;For a while it seemed we'd take a couple of steps forward and then a step backward with having to build temporary lanes, but now all the steps are forward,&quot; DOT spokesman John McShaffrey said.</p> <p>Also on Wednesday, traffic on northbound Memorial will be shifted to what now is part of the highway's southbound lanes. The four-lane road will have new lighting and fewer curves and bumps.</p> <p>Officials anticipate the exit-ramp switch will not go as smoothly, despite a campaign of public announcements and electronic signs announcing the changes starting Monday.</p> <p>&quot;There will be some people, we're sure, that will miss that exit and try to make some sudden lane changes,&quot; McShaffrey said.</p> <p>The resulting crisscrossing is almost certain to stir up confusion and trigger delays, especially during afternoon rush-hour as thousands of Clearwater-bound drivers try to decide within seconds which lane to use.</p> <p>If they miss the exit, they'll get only one chance to turn around, at Independence Parkway a half-mile up the road, before ending up on the Veterans Expressway and being forced to pay a toll. It's 25 cents to exit at the Hillsborough Avenue toll plaza.</p> <p>&quot;We'll try to do the best we can with signs, but we know some folks will miss the signs and be distracted,&quot; McShaffrey said.</p> <p>A similar lane shift sparked massive traffic headaches last fall on southbound Memorial Highway. Drivers trying to get to Tampa International Airport and the West Shore business district discovered the exit ramp had been switched to the highway's left side so workers could build a new ramp to the airport.</p> <p>Some confused drivers pulled over. Others found themselves trapped on the triangular no-man's land between the exit and the highway. The gridlock turned a 30-minute commute for some into a hours-long slog.</p> <p>McShaffrey isn't expecting that same level of confusion this time around, but he anticipates some delays. About 24,500 drivers take the Courtney Campbell exit from northbound Memorial each day.</p> <p>&quot;The signs will be coming out there on Monday. They'll be like a count-down clock, announcing a traffic switch is coming in X-number of days, so people are prepared,&quot; he said. &quot;I think most of them will get it.&quot;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:24:04