Parts of Veterans to close completely this weekend

One of the main arteries connecting Pasco County with jobs to the south will have extensive closures and possible delays this coming weekend as road crews continue to convert the Veterans Expressway into cash-free tolling.

The northbound portion of the Veterans will be closed completely between Waters Avenue and Gunn Highway June 27 and June 28 from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. The southbound portion between the same two points will be closed June 28 and June 29 between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

The Anderson Road ramps near there remain closed for reconstruction, and the southbound Waters Avenue on-ramp will be closed June 22-26 between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Closures will continue north near the Sugarwood Toll Plaza where full lane closures are expected in both directions between Ehrlich and Hutchison roads June 27 and June 28 between 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. Work on the Gunn Highway tolled off- and on-ramps is scheduled for June 22-24 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., which requires full ramp closures with detours. Motorists should use Ehrlich Road or Linebaugh Avenue to detour around the work, officials said.

The northbound off-ramp to Hillsborough Avenue will be closed June 23 from 8 p.m to midnight. Exiting northbound Veterans traffic will be routed off at the Independence Parkway exit to George Road, to Memorial Highway, to East Eisenhower Boulevard and finally back to Hillsborough Avenue.

The southbound on-ramp at Hillsborough will be closed June 23-24 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Southbound Veterans entrance traffic will remain on West Eisenhower, and proceed to the Veterans on-ramp at the Memorial Highway intersection.

The Linebaugh Avenue on- and off-ramps will be closed June 26-27 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., to install new bridge beams.

Complete removal of the toll plaza structures at the Anderson mainline toll plazas is anticipated to take several month. Installation of new toll gantries, demolition of ramp toll plazas, and removal of existing toll booths are anticipated to continue for the duration of the toll conversion project, currently scheduled for completion by late fall.

For more details on all the construction work on the Veterans, and its conversion to cash-less tolling, visit FloridasTurnpike.com.

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