I-275 changes frustrate commuters caught in traffic jam

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Northbound commuters heading into Tampa ran into a real mess on Tuesday morning thanks to the new alignment on Interstate 275 near the Dale Mabry interchange.

“We typically see slowdowns whenever we do a major traffic shift,” said DOT Spokesman John McShaffrey. ”It will get better it will get better even before we open up the fourth lane we feel.”

Maybe so, but it was still frustrating for commuters who waited an extra 20 minutes or so to pass through the newly-opened stretch of highway.

“Definitely delayed my morning commute,” said Chris Karlo.

Another commuter, Carlos Arroyo, wasn’t happy either. “Time is money baby so I cannot be wasting time,” Arroyo said.

The DOT expects to open a fourth lane of northbound traffic in April or May and that’s when things will really improve according to McShaffrey.

“It will get better,” McShaffrey said.


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