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Dr. Delay: It’s been more than a year. Will the I-275 S ramp to I-75 N ever reopen in Manatee County?

When the project originally began on July 29, 2018, the Department of Transportation projected it would take 10 months to complete. A year and change later, some readers don’t see an end date in sight.
The Florida Department of Transportation originally closed the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75 for 10 months to replace the entire bridge deck of the overpass, but it's taken more than a year to complete. A detour was created that will have drivers exit on the US-41 exit to take that road to College Avenue where drivers can get back to I-75.
Published Oct. 9

Though the Doc gets many inquiries about the interstates that cut through our area, today let’s turn our attention a bit south.

A reader raised a concern about the yearlong (and counting) bridge deck replacement project along the southbound Interstate 275 ramp to northbound Interstate 75 in Manatee County.

The work for the $8 million project requires complete closure of the ramp and forces all traffic to detour off the interstate at U.S. 41.

When the project began on July 29, 2018, the Department of Transportation projected it would take 10 months to complete.

But it has taken well over a year and some readers don’t see an end date in sight.

'Anyone who regularly drives the area can see that the work will not be completed by tomorrow," said Alan Renfrow, a Sun City center resident.

Well, it’s certainly not tomorrow, but the state Department of Transportation anticipates the ramp will open to traffic in late November.

“Unfortunately, there were delays as a result of unknown deterioration to portions of the bridge structure which needed to be addressed,” said Brian Rick from the DOT.

Rick also said the weather has contributed to the delays throughout construction.

TRAFFIC UPDATES AND ROAD CLOSURES:

Hillsborough County:
  • Lane closures with flagging operations continue through Saturday from east of Paul Buchman Highway (State Road 39A) to Park Road on County Road 580 (Sam Allen Road) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Lane closures with flagging operations continue on Sligh Avenue under Interstate 75 through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Lane closures continue through Friday on SR 60 under Interstate 275 and on I-275 from west of SR 60 (Exit 39) to Lois Avenue (Exit 40B) from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Intermittent lane closures continue through Saturday from Bullfrog Creek to Denver Street from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for U.S. 41 drainage and sidewalk installation
  • Nightly lane closures continue through Friday at 50th Street from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. for SR 574 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) intersection improvements
  • Nightly lane closures continue at SR 589 (Veteran’s Expressway) through Saturday for SR 60 operational improvements from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Lane closures continue 24 hours a day through Monday from Dickman Road to Wyandotte Road for CR 672 (Big Bend Road) bridge replacement
Pasco County:
  • Lane closures continue through Friday from Pond Avenue to Long Avenue/Pioneer Museum Road from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for U.S. 301/US 98 repaving
Pinellas County:
  • Nightly lane closures continue through Friday for State Road 682 (54th Avenue S) repaving from U.S. 19 to 41st Street S from 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Nightly lane closures continue through Friday along SR 679 (Pinellas Bayway Structure E) for bridge replacement and repaving from north of Yacht Club Lane to SR 682 from 8:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Intermittent lane closures continue through Friday from SR 60 (Chestnut Street) to Mohawk Street for Alt. U.S. 19 (Myrtle Avenue) repaving from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Lane closures continue through Friday for Interstate 275 interchange improvements at 22nd Avenue S (southbound only) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-Gateway Expressway updates

  • Southbound lane closures on I-275 from Fourth Street (Exit 32) to south of Gandy Boulevard (Exit 28), and on I-275 northbound Exit 30 ramp to westbound SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) and westbound County Road 296 (118th Avenue) continue through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Lane closures continue through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on U.S. 19 Frontage Roads from 110th Avenue N to 126th Avenue N, on SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) from SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) to 49th Street N, on the SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) entrance ramp to the Bayside Bridge, on SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) from 28th Street N to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N, and on CR 611/49th Street from 145th Avenue to Bayside Bridge
  • Lane closures continue on 118th Avenue N from U.S. 19 to 34th Street from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Monique Welch is a Staff Writer at the Tampa Bay Times, and the voice behind Dr. Delay. Send your traffic concerns, questions, and pictures of roadway troubles you spot in your travels around the Tampa Bay area to docdelay@tampabay.com. Follow @AskDrDelay.



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