TAMPA — Drivers navigating the twists and turns of construction on Tampa's Interstate 275 may by now have those electronic signs warning of lane closures burned onto their retinas.
And there's still more than two years of construction left.
Among the latest warnings: Both directions of the interstate are set to be temporarily closed in two locations starting Monday. Traffic will be detoured as crews install overhead sign structures.
• Both directions of I-275 between Sligh Avenue and Busch Boulevard are scheduled to be closed early mornings, between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., Monday through Wednesday.
• Both directions of I-275 between West Shore Boulevard and State Road 60 are scheduled to be closed between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Construction on I-275 is expected to be completed by fall 2016. Until then, drivers can anticipate more lane and road closures, said John McShaffrey, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation.
There may be times when a lane closure is announced on those warning signs, but then not carried through as planned due to weather or equipment conditions, McShaffrey said.
But, for the most part, closures of the entire interstate are done as announced, he said.
"We have to err on the side of giving too much info instead of not enough," he said.
Drivers can get information on current traffic and road closures from the department's 511 Traveler Information System, which can be accessed online at 511news.com, by cellphone at 511 or through a free 511 smartphone application.
For information on upcoming closures being planned, go to mytbi.com.