As construction really picks up on the major north-south toll road in the region, Florida’s Turnpike is updating some of the traffic delays travelers may experience on the Suncoast Parkway and Veterans Expressway.
Single-lane closures can be expected on the stretch of Veterans between Linebaugh Road and Gunn Highway daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and bridge construction continuing at the bridges along the way that may also require additional lane closures.
In general, construction is taking place between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., most days, with motorists needing to stay alert of construction vehicles entering and exiting the roadway. Lane closures may take place nightly beginning at 9 p.m. in both directions.
The conversion to all-electronic tolling is nearing an end for those who are traveling the Veterans Expressway on a regular basis.
General lane closures are expected each night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. between Dale Mabry Highway and Gunn Highway. The southbound off-ramp of Gunn Highway will be closed March 12. The northbound off-ramp of Hutchison road will be closed March 2, March 4, March 12 and March 13, while the southbound off-ramp will be closed March 2, March 12 and March 13.
The Sugarwood area will have lane closures March 11 and March 12 along the mainline road.
The conversion phase is set to be completed in May, with the overall project slated to finish next summer.
The Florida Department of Transportation has released its hot spots for potential traffic delays for the coming week.
Daily lane closures continue weekdays on North Dale Mabry Highway between County Line and Brinson roads for repaving. There could be delays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Repaving also could create intermittent daily lane closures on U.S. 98 between U.S. 301 and Oak Forest Drive during the week between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Repaving continues on U.S. 301 between Pioneer Museum and Mosstown roads, creating daily lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Night work is taking place on U.S. 301 between Geiger and Tucker roads, creating lane closures Sunday through Friday from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
For more information, call (813) 975-6060.
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