I commute from St. Petersburg to Tampa for work and I'm wondering if there are any updates about the northbound Lois Avenue ramp closure. It was supposed to close in mid June but then it didn't. Can you tell us what's happening?
Weather has been a factor in the on, off, then on again planned closure of the northbound Interstate 275 exit ramp to Lois Avenue (Exit 40B), according to the state Department of Transportation. Recent rain had forced a postponement until earlier this week. The full closure is to remain in effect for approximately 12 days, weather permitting, for prep work in advance of the shift of northbound I-275 lanes, which is set for July 13.
During the closure, the recommended detour route to access areas west of Dale Mabry Highway is Exit 39A to Kennedy Boulevard. Take the Dale Mabry (Exit 41A) or Armenia Avenue (Exit 42) exits if you're heading to destinations east of Dale Mabry.
An additional two-day closure of the northbound I-275 exit ramp to Dale Mabry Highway and an overnight closure of the West Shore Boulevard entrance ramp onto northbound I-275 will be implemented the last two days of the 12-day work period, but, again, depending on weather, those dates are yet to be determined; the DOT will issue updates as work on the project progresses.
• St. Petersburg's annual fireworks display is set to begin between 8:30 and 10 o'clock this evening depending on weather conditions. Here's what you need to know if you plan to head downtown to see the display, which will be visible along the waterfront from Vinoy Park to North Straub, Spa Beach and South Straub parks on Bayshore Drive:
Public parking lots include the municipal garage, South Core, 101 First Ave. S and Mid-Core, 117 Second St. N. Electronic message boards will direct motorists to available parking locations; disabled parking will be in the North Shore ball field lot, 901 North Shore Drive NE and along Beach Drive on the east side, but keep in mind that spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• Most major road construction will be suspended statewide during the long holiday weekend, If you plan to be on the road, check out Florida's 511 Travel Information service to get real time traffic information. Dial 511 or visit the website at fl511.com
• In Clearwater, Osceola Avenue will remain closed from south of Cleveland Street to Pierce Street for work on a Pinellas County water line until July 18.
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