5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

(1) I-275 ramp to Dale Mabry Highway closing

The Florida Department of Transportation will make a major traffic closure on Tuesday night.

Workers will close the southbound I-275 exit ramp to Dale Mabry Highway (Exit 41A/B) at 11:30 p.m. It is expected to reopen in September 2014.

The closure is needed to allow work crews to reconstruct the exit ramp to Dale Mabry Highway and build the connection to the new exit ramp to Cypress Street.

By closing the off-ramp to Dale Mabry Highway now, it will allow construction crews to reopen it in its final configuration sooner and with fewer traffic pattern changes than the contractor's previous plans.

Motorists wanting to get to Dale Mabry Highway from Southbound I-275 will be asked to use Exit 41C to Himes Avenue. Drivers will be detoured to turn left at the bottom of the ramp and go south to Cypress Street, then turn right and go west on Cypress Street to Dale Mabry Highway.

Drivers are reminded that the Himes Avenue exit is from the left lane of southbound I-275.

(2) Lois Avenue closure

The City of Tampa will close a portion of Lois Avenue to traffic beginning on Tuesday for right-of-way improvements.

Lois will be closed from Orient Street to Alva Street, which includes the Martin Luther King Boulevard intersection in all directions.

The closure will allow crews to continue the construction of drainage and street improvements in the Drew Park neighborhood.

Motorists are asked to use alternate routes during the closure to avoid any potential traffic congestion. Traffic will be detoured to Cargo Road or Dale Mabry Highway depending on the direction of travel.  Access to businesses and residents will be maintained via local streets.

The closed portion of Lois Avenue is scheduled to reopen in early July.

(3) Five K-9 graduates

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will recognize five K-9 graduates during a ceremony on Tuesday night.

The graduates include Pinellas K-9 deputies "Chuck" and "Odin", Bradenton Police K-9 officers "Mac" and Riggs", and Palmetto Police K-9 officer "Ruger".

The five K-9s and their human partners have completed four months of training and will be giving certificates of completion during the graduation ceremony. The police K-9s learned obedience commands, bite work, search work, and tracking and human odor response.

During the event, which is open to the public, there will be K-9 related demonstrations from the graduates and other participating law enforcement agencies.

The ceremony will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the Dixon Hollins High School football field at 4940 62nd Street North in St. Petersburg.

(4) Pinellas Water system maintenance program begins

The method by which Pinellas County treats its water will temporarily change beginning on Tuesday.

From today through Monday, June 16, the county will change from chloramine to chlorine disinfection. The change is due to a routine maintenance measure that is designed to optimize water quality.

The change will impact Pinellas County water customers as well as those living in the cities of Clearwater, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor and Tarpon Springs.

Customers may notice a slight difference in taste and/or odor of the water during the change in treatment.

Kidney dialysis patients should not be impacted, but should contact their dialysis care provider for more information about chlorine treatment.

Fish owners should not be affected if they already have a system in place to remove chloramines, but should contact local pet suppliers with any questions.

For more information, call Pinellas County Customer Service at (727) 464-4000 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities .

(5) Wet 'N Wild announcement

Wet 'n Wild Orlando will announce the grand opening date of the park's newest attraction, Aqua Drag Racer, on Tuesday.

The new attraction is expected to be tallest and fastest water-based attraction of its kind in Florida.

Aqua Drag Racer will send visitors down six stories of enclosed braided, twisting tunnels. The guest will then accelerate into four parallel racing lanes as they journey across the finish line into victory lane.

Wet 'n Wild Orlando features more than fifteen themed rides and attractions. For more information, visit www.wetnwildorlando.com .

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