TAMPA -— Traffic is moving slower than usual on northbound Interstate 275 between the Howard Frankland Bridge and downtown Tampa because of the 45 mph speed limit, but there aren't any major delays.
The flow is much better than officials expected, said Florida Department of Transportation spokesman John McShaffrey.
The department had predicted epic traffic jams stretching into Pinellas county. So far, that hasn't happened.
Still, he advises drivers to avoid northbound I-275 or plan for longer commutes, especially during peak times before and after the Jimmy Buffett concert tonight at the Ford Amphitheater.
The traffic switch went as planned early this morning, McShaffrey said. Traffic was switched to the new northbound I-275 alignment between Himes Avenue and Ashley Drive/Scott Street at 5:40 a.m. 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 has reopened, and alternating exit ramp closures at Exit 44 (Ashley/Scott) have started. Only the new Himes Avenue entrance ramp remains closed. It should open Monday.