TAMPA - ALL DAY: Information I have says "Spring Breakers" is shooting at the Coral Reef Resort, 1500 block of Gulf Boulevard, in St. Pete Beach. 500+ local extras will be on hand for a "party" scene on the beach. If you want to avoid beach traffic, chose another beautiful Tampa Bay-area beach for the day.
Wednesday morning's other traffic headlines included a suspicious fire that engulfed several boats in Madeira Beach, and blocked some lanes of Gulf Boulevard; and a teeny tiny fender bender that had big ramifications for northbound I-75.
Here's a recap of the morning drive. And if you have a traffic question, find me on Facebook! -- Mere
9:00 -- HOWARD FRANKLAND traffic still sluggish toward Tampa, NB I-275.
8:43 -- CLEARWATER: Crash on Nursery Rd @ Highland Ave. No injuries or roadblock reported.
8:40 -- LARGO UPDATE: Hearing crash on Palm Dr @ Crestwood involves a bus.
8:39 -- I-275 ST. PETE: Slow traffic NB near 54th Ave N. Crash reported there.
8:35 -- CLEARWATER: Accident reported on US-19 north of Main @ Hammock Pine
8:34 -- LARGO: Crash on Palm Drive @ Crestwood Ln.
8:32 -- CLEARWATER: EMS heading to crash on Highland Ave @ Nursery Rd.
8:29 -- I-4 TAMPA: Crash on shoulder WB past MLK. Drive time from US-301 to I-275 junction = 14 minutes.
8:27 -- VETERANS EXWY drive time southbound from Ehrlich to I-275 = 19 minutes.
8:25 -- I-75 DRIVE TIMES: SB from SR-56 to Fowler = 23 minutes. NB from MLK to Fletcher = 19 minutes.
8:22 -- LARGO: Crash on Ulmerton west of 66th St N
8:10 -- HOLIDAY: Crash blocking lanes on NB US-19 @ Phoenix Ave, south of Flora.
8:05 -- CLEARWATER: Gas leak on Drew St between Old Coachman and the US-19 service Rd. per Pinellas EMS.
8:01 -- ST. PETERSBURG accidents: 1st Ave S @ 49th St. (involves motorcycle). Also accidents at 47th St & 1st Ave, 9th St/MLK & 42nd Ave; 22nd Ave S & 37th St.
7:58 -- I-275 TAMPA DRIVE TIME southbound from the Apex to Dale Mabry = 40 minutes.
7:55 -- I-75 UPDATE: Confirmed - crash on Fletcher is causing back-up on NB I-75. 20 minute drive time northbound from I-4 to Fletcher exit.
7:41 -- I-75 UPDATE: Crash on Fletcher near I-75 could be cause of backup on NB 75. JAMMED at the Fletcher off-ramp. #Tampa
7:37 -- I-75 SUPER JAMMED NORTHBOUND near Fowler Ave although there still aren't any accidents reported there.
7:36 -- TARPON SPRINGS: EMS heading to crash on US-19 @ Beckett Way.
7:29 -- I-75 TAMPA: NB #traffic jammed at Fowler Ave. No word of crash there but I'm double-checking for you.
7:25 -- Live pics from Madeira Beach, scene of boat fire, in 1 minute on ABC Action News.
7:21 -- I-275 DRIVE TIME southbound from the Apex to I-4 = 20 minutes with congestion mainly at Fletcher Ave.
7:18 -- I-75 TAMPA: I see flashing lights on shoulder SB near SR-60/Adamo but no sign of reported crash NB @ I-4.
7:16 -- CLEARWATER: Fender bender on Ulmerton Rd west of Roosevelt Blvd N @ 40th St.
7:07 -- I-75 TAMPA: Slow traffic SB approaching I-4. Report of accident northbound there, but I suspect it's southbound.
6:58 -- MADEIRA BEACH: Traffic can get by on Gulf Blvd north of John's Pass, despite fire crews still on scene. Visual delays, if any.
6:54 -- MADEIRA BEACH: At least four boats burned per Capt Al. Gulf Blvd north of John's Pass.
6:52 -- SEMINOLE: Crash reported on Park Blvd @ Starkey Rd
6:45 -- MADEIRA BEACH: Still seeing flames coming from at least one boat along Gulf Blvd north of Johns Pass. Gulf Blvd can get by. There may be visual delays there. More photos on Twitter.
6:37 -- MADEIRA BEACH: Capt Al is over the boat fire on Gulf Blvd just north of Johns Pass. Still seeing flames. Does appear that three boats are burning. Number of fire units on scene.
6:33 -- MADEIRA BEACH: Capt Al arriving on scene of boat fire on Gulf Blvd. A lot of smoke! Will tweet a pic soon. @TampaBayTraffic
6:26 -- MADEIRA BEACH UPDATE: NB Gulf Blvd blocked at 131st Ave, but traffic is getting by using SB lanes. Action Air 1 heading to scene of boats on fire.
6:24 -- INTERSTATES are accident free.
6:20 -- MADEIRA BEACH UPDATE: SB Gulf Blvd blocked by fire dept south of 133rd. Use Gulf Ln instead.
6:18 -- MADEIRA BEACH UPDATE: Fire may be at Latitudes restaurant. Location is on Gulf Blvd just south of 133rd Ave.
6:14 -- MADEIRA BEACH: 3 boats on fire near Gulf Blvd, possibly at Madeira Beach Marina.
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6:00 -- I-275 DRIVE TIME southbound from the Apex to downtown Tampa = 14 minutes.
6:00 -- I-75 DRIVE TIME southbound from the Apex to I-4 = 12 minutes.
5:40 -- VETERANS EXWY drive time southbound between Hutchinson & I-275 ramps = 11 minutes. So far so good.
5:32 --TAMPA: Eastbound Twiggs St. reduced to 1 lane from east of Nebraska Ave to east side of Selmon Expressway for work related to the