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Drivers calm over I-75 work

Roadwork on a 7-mile stretch of Interstate 75 in Pasco County has been causing long delays and bumper-to-bumper traffic at times.

An official with the Florida Highway Patrol said, however, that few people have called to complain.

"It's no more or no less than the regular delays (due to construction)," said Lt. Mark McKinlay of the FHP's Brooksville office. "It's just a minor inconvenience."

The state Department of Transportation is resurfacing I-75 from the Pasco-Hillsborough county line to Overpass Road, said DOT spokeswoman Lee Royal. The $1.6-million project to replace old asphalt began earlier this month and is expected to be completed by June.

The work is suspended each day from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the southbound side and from 3 to 6 p.m. on the northbound side, Royal said. The rest of the time, one lane on each side will remain open while crews work on the other lane.

Royal said her office has not received many calls about the project. McKinlay said his office has, but that callers mostly want information, not a chance to vent their anger.

"Every time we have any type of construction, we have people call in," he said, explaining the advice given to callers.

"You need to slow down and be cautious," McKinlay warned. "Just be a defensive driver and try to be patient as much as you can."

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