Sep 30

EXPRESS LANES ON I-275 TO GET TO ST. PETERSBURG?

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Car Accidents on I-275 makes need for express lanesDriving on I-275 in Pinellas County can be quite frustrating. Whether it is getting to the Tampa Bay Rays game or enjoying downtown St. Petersburg, bumper-to-bumper traffic makes the commute quite challenging. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is proposing changes to address the problem.

According to ABC Action News, FDOT wants to connect drivers from the Howard Frankland Bridge to the Sunshine Skyway faster and easier by adding two more express lanes in each direction of I-275.

As for the new express lanes, FDOT says they will cost drivers, but help to open up traffic on the general use lanes. Transit and school buses can hop into the express lanes for free. To address noise concerns from neighborhoods close to I-275, FDOT says they plan to install new sound walls, some as tall as 24 feet high, to block out noise.

This project to ease the traffic on I-275 in Pinellas County isn’t expected to begin until 2024. Presently, the cost of the project is 390 million dollars.

Personally, almost every time I am heading home from the Tampa Bay Rays game traveling north on I-275, there are flashing lights on the other side because of a car accident. So, whether we have express lanes or not, it is important that all drivers drive carefully on I-275 in Pinellas County and watch out for those who don’t!

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