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Interstate construction in Tampa snarls traffic

The roadwork on I-275 began in 2012.

The Associated Press


TAMPA, Fla. — The southbound Interstate 275 exit ramp to Dale Mabry Highway is closed for four months and is confusing the first wave of downtown commuters.

The ramp closed early Wednesday on the interstate that runs through the city's downtown. Dale Mabry Highway is one of the city's main arteries, and the location of both Raymond James Stadium and MacDill Air Force Base.

A new ramp is under construction and drivers are being detoured. But that didn't stop Wednesday's commutes from being bumper-to-bumper.

The roadwork on I-275 began in 2012.

When I-275 work is done in 2016, there will be four lanes in each direction, a flatter road to improve sight distance and decrease the chance of crashes, improved interchanges and a wide median to allow for future improvements.

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