Morning drive updates for Tuesday, November 13

Crash & drive-time updates

TAMPA - TUESDAY'S TRAFFIC NOTES:

  • Stay alert to I-275 traffic shift affecting southbound traffic past the Hillsborough River. The junction has been clogging up throughout the day. Howard/Armenia exit is to the left.
  • Daytime lane closures planned on Fletcher Ave. at I-75 until 4PM.
  • Kiesha Montoya, 26, of Lakeland arrested Monday and charged with DUI Manslaughter in 9/8/12 crash on I-4 near Branch Forbes Rd. James Dennis Clyatt, 30, of Lakeland, a passenger in a car that Montoya hit, died.
  • Florida hosts its first-ever Distracted Driving Summit at the Tampa Convention Center. The summit includes federal, state and local officials, law enforcement, traffic safety experts, physicians and businesses. The goal is to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, compel people to personally change their driving behaviors and make Florida roads safer. The event, hosted by USAA in collaboration with the Florida Dept. of Transportation, Distraction Advocate Network and Shriners Hospitals for Children, includes a keynote address from US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

MORNING COMMUTE:

8:59 -- On-air traffic reports finished. For updates throughout the day, follow me on Twitter @TampaBayTraffic !

8:51 -- I-4 TAMPA: Westbound traffic still jammed from 50th St to I-275. 275 backed up through downtown.

8:42 -- LUTZ: Crash on Lutz Lake Fern & US-41. @HC_Sheriff working it.

8:26 -- LARGO: Crash reported at Belcher Rd & E Bay Dr.

8:19 -- TAMPA: Accident reported on the upper level of the Selmon (Crosstown) Expressway near downtown.

8:10 -- HOWARD FRANKLAND BRIDGE looks good in both directions between St. Petersburg & Tampa. #GoodNews

7:59 -- TAMPA - WESTCHASE: Fender bender at Linebaugh Ave & Sheldon Rd. Never a good location for even a minor crash! @HC_Sheriff

7:50 -- I-4 TAMPA: Drive time westbound from I-75 to I-275 = 20 minutes. Earlier crash on frontage road to 301 & Hillsborough has cleared.

7:47 -- I-275 TAMPA: Southbound drive time from Bearss, through I-4, to Dale Mabry = 37 minutes

7:40 -- I-75 TAMPA: Southbound drive time from Apex to I-4 = 30 minutes.

7:13 -- LARGO: EMS heading to accident at Highland Ave & E Bay Dr

7:12 -- I-275 TAMPA UPDATE: All lanes get by crash southbound @ Floribraska. Drive time from Bearss to I-4 = 15 minutes.

7:10 -- I-75 TAMPA: Drive time from south of Selmon (Crosstown) to I-4 = 15+ minutes. Traffic slow approaching I-4 exit to due crash on I-4.

7:01 -- I-4 TAMPA: The crash is on the ramp from westbound I-4 to US-301 & Hillsborough. Causing a big backup to I-75.

7:00 -- I-75 TAMPA: Delays north- and southbound at the exits to I-4 due to the crash on the I-4 exit to US-301 & Hillsborough.

6:45 -- I-75 TAMPA: Northbound traffic stop-and-go at the exit to I-4 due to crash on westbound I-4 near the FL State Fairgrounds.

6:38 -- I-4 TAMPA ALERT! Crash westbound near Hillsborough Ave in Tampa. Lanes blocked and traffic quickly jamming up past I-75.

6:35 -- I-275 TAMPA UPDATE: Right lane blocked southbound approaching Floribraska. Traffic jammed back to Busch Blvd.

6:32: E TAMPA: Crash at Falkenburg Rd & Woodberry. No roadblock.

6:25 -- I-275 TAMPA: Road Ranger activity in right lane southbound near Floribraska, jamming up traffic to Hillsborough Ave.

6:18 -- I-75 HILLSBOROUGH CO: Drive time northbound from Big Bend Rd to I-4 = 14 minutes.

6:03 -- I-4: Drive time westbound from McIntosh Rd in Hillsborough Co to I-275 in Tampa = 15 minutes.

6:02 -- COURTNEY CAMPBELL: Drive time eastbound from US-19 in Clearwater to the Veterans Exwy in Tampa = 13 minutes.

5:32 -- INTERSTATES and bridges look good!

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