TAMPA - Presidential candidate Mitt Romney stumps in Sarasota today. Early afternoon delays are possible on US-41/Tamiami Trail as he travels between the Ritz-Carlton & Ringling Museum. If you're attending the rally at Ringling, park at Asolo Theater or take the free shuttle from Dolphin Aviation at the Sarasota-Bradenton airport.
President Obama will attend a fundraiser in South Tampa this evening. Increased security and law enforcement presence may be enforced as the President travels between Landmark Aviation (near Tampa International Airport) and the private residence where the fundraiser will be held. Air Force One expected to land at approximately 6:20PM and depart at approximately 9:05PM.
TAMPA: The outside westbound lane of Kennedy Boulevard will be closed at Albany Avenue, 9AM-3:30PM, Tampa Water Department crews replace a fire hydrant. All westbound traffic on this section of Kennedy will be merged into the inside lane.
TAMPA - YBOR CITY CONSTRUCTION: Traffic may be flagged through at times on 26th St under I-4 until 5PM.
E TAMPA CONSTRUCTION: 1 lane may be closed in each direction of SR-60/Adamo between 26th-39th streets until 3PM.
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THURSDAY AM RECAP:
8:56 -- POLK CO - POLK CITY: Roadblock on SR-557 & 557A. Avoid the area using Lake Alfred.
8:53 -- US-19 UPDATE: @JaiThemes says left lane blocked on SB 19 @ Enterprise, and 2 left lanes blocked @ Sunset Point in Clearwater.
8:51 -- I-4 TAMPA: Westbound traffic is jammed approaching the I-75 exit ramps thanks to the big backup on NB I-75.
8:49 -- US-19: NEW accident reported north of Sunset Point Rd. Also have a crash @ Old Coachman. SB Belcher is slow as well.
8:45 -- TAMPA - TOWN N COUNTY: Southbound Memorial Hwy traffic still stop-and-go, from north of Hillsborough Ave to Rocky Point.
8:44 -- I-75 TAMPA UPDATE: Crash northbound approaching Fowler has been moved into the median, but traffic still jammed beyond I-4.
8:38 -- I-275 TAMPA: Crash reported southbound near Bird St. Traffic is typically slow from Fletcher to Sligh.
8:26 -- CLEARWATER: @SharpestJim says there's a stalled car on southbound US-19 over Gulf-to-Bay/60 & he suggests taking Sunset Pt to Belcher.
8:16 -- I-75 TAMPA ALERT: Big traffic delays northbound, from south of I-4 to Fowler Ave. Crash at MM265 blocking inside lane. Fire Dept. on scene.
8:10 -- TAMPA - TOWN N COUNTRY: Crash on Memorial Hwy & Bay Pointe adding to the usual slow traffic on Memorial btwn Hillsborough & Veterans.
8:06 -- N TAMPA - CARROLLWOOD: Accident at Dale Mabry & Bearss/Ehrlich. Slow EB through the intersection.
7:58 -- I-75 TAMPA: Northbound I-75 is jammed up north of I-4 approaching Fowler Ave. Crash blocking left lane approaching Fowler.
7:47 -- I-275 TAMPA drive time southbound, Bearss Ave to Himes exit = 26 minutes.
7:40 -- CLEARWATER: S-l-o-w traffic on southbound US-19, Old Coachman Rd to Belleair. Report of malfunctioning traffic signal at 19 & Drew.
7:27 -- VALRICO - BRANDON UPDATE: Per Capt Al, 1 lane of westbound SR-60 blocked @ St. Cloud. EMS on scene of crash reported by @TheJester810
7:24 -- SUNCOAST PKWY - VETERANS EXWY really slow southbound out of Pasco. Drive time from SR-54 to I-275 exits near TIA = 37 minutes.
7:22 -- I-275 TAMPA: Southbound traffic jammed up good starting at the Bearss Ave on-ramp.
7:20 -- TAMPA - TOWN N COUNTRY: Accident on Hanley south of Waters. HCSO on scene.
7:17 -- BRANDON/VALRICO: Crash on westbound HWY 60 between Mulrennan & St. Cloud causing delays.
6:58 -- I-4 HILLSBOROUGH: WB I-4 - pickup w/lights on flash near CR-579. No delays.
6:47 -- HUDSON UPDATE: FHP has moved the location of the crash on Hudson Ave to east of Cobra Way @ Peach Tree.
6:41 -- ST. PETERSBURG: Accident south of the Tyrone Sq Mall on 18th Ave N & Tyrone Blvd.
6:40 -- HUDSON UPDATE: Crash near Hudson HS. Hudson Ave blocked east of Cobra Way by EMS, however FHP says traffic can get by.
6:35 -- PASCO -- HUDSON: Crash near Hudson High School. Hudson Ave east of Cobra Way. Injuries, possible roadblock.
6:29 -- ST. PETERSBURG: Hit and run reported on 54th Ave N & 34th St/US-19.
6:08 -- SARASOTA UPDATE: FHP now says partial roadblock w/crash on US-41/Tamiami Trail @ Scott Ave, but there are no delays right now.
6:03 -- SARASOTA: Accident reported near the airport on US-41/Tamiami Trail @ Scott Ave. No roadblock per FHP.
6:01 -- US-19 drive time between Tampa Rd & Ulmerton Rd = 15 minutes.
5:35 -- INTERSTATES are accident-free!
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