New lanes open on I-275, traffic delays minimized

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Congestion on Interstate 275 in Tampa will die down now that two new lanes opened on the northbound stretch near Dale Mabry Highway.

For several weeks, drivers heading into downtown Tampa from the Howard Frankland Bridge experienced bumper-to-bumper traffic and significant delays.

But, on Tuesday morning, Florida Department of Transportation workers re-opened an auxiliary lane and realigned traffic lanes near Himes Avenue. A fourth lane opened from West Shore Boulevard to Himes Avenue, FDOT spokesman John McShaffrey said.

“Today was perfect,” said J.D. O’Neil, who commutes to Tampa from St. Petersburg. “I was able to get here in twenty minutes less than I normally do.”

It was a far cry from what drivers faced since early January. Traffic was backed up for miles and tacked on 20-45 minutes to some commutes.

McShaffrey tells News Channel 8 that construction will continue in the area, so drivers should use caution.

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