Temporary bridge installed over Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Road is open

Bridge moved into place late Thursday night

TAMPA, Fla. - UPDATE: According to FDOT, the temporary bridge over Bruce B Downs was moved into place just before midnight.

Drivers can expect long delays on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard at I-75 between 11 p.m. Thursday (March 1) and 6 a.m. Friday (March 2). During that time, there will be lane closures, traffic shifts, and traffic stops of up to 15 minutes at a time (the traffic stops should be after midnight).

Drivers entering and exiting I-75 at this interchange (Exit 270) will also face delays.

Fletcher Avenue is a recommended route to avoid crossing under I-75 at Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. FDOT expects the majority of the delays will occur between midnight and 4 a.m.

ABC Action News traffic reporter Meredyth Censullo will have updates overnight on Twitter and on-air beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday.

Contractors for the Florida Department of Transportation will be placing a bridge structure over Bruce B. Downs that will be used for northbound I-75 traffic. It's expected northbound traffic will shift to the new bridge in April, and will use the bridge for about two years.

During that time, FDOT will tear down and replace the northbound and southbound bridges existing at the interchange, swapping traffic between the two bridges as the new ones are constructed.

FDOT says the bridge is reusable, and was purchased by the state for about $1.3 million. After the construction at the I-75/Bruce B Downs interchange is completed, the bridge will be removed and reused for similar projects throughout Florida.

The construction at I-75/Bruce B. Downs is part of a $95 million project, started in October of 2011, to widen I-75 from four to six/eight lanes from Fowler Avenue (Hillsborough County) to SR-56 (Pasco County).

Project work will also include improvement at the I-75 interchanges with Fowler Avenue, Fletcher Avenue and SR-56, as well as southbound I-75 at I-275. The project is expected to be completed in spring, 2016.

More information on the project is on the MyTBI website.

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