TAMPA - For the second time in the past year, the Florida Highway Patrol made the call to shut down the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to traffic.
According to the FHP, the Skyway was closed until late Thursday afternoon due to concerns over high winds associated with Tropical Storm Andrea.
FHP says wind speeds were measured at 50+mph.
The last time the FHP shut down the bridge was in June, 2012, during Tropical Storm Debby.
Northbound detour: I-75 northbound from Manatee County into Hillsborough County. Motorists can take I-75 to the westbound Selmon Expressway (a toll road) to Gandy Boulevard, across the Gandy Bridge, into Pinellas County. Another option is I-75 northbound to westbound I-4, then southbound I-275 across the Howard Frankland Bridge.
Southbound detour: I-275 northbound across the Howard Frankland Bridge into Hillsborough County, then eastbound I-4 to southbound I-275. Another option is the Gandy Bridge to Tampa to eastbound Selmon Expressway to southbound I-75.