If you’ll be up late and driving north on I-75 this weekend, you might want to leave a little extra time for a detour as the result of construction on the Overpass Bridge between S.R.s 54 and 52.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation:

All northbound I-75 traffic will be detoured off the interstate between SR 54/CR 54 (Exit 279) and SR 52 (Exit 285) between 9 p.m. Saturday, February 20 and 10 a.m. Sunday, February 21. No later than 10 a.m. Sunday, at least one lane of traffic will be restored on northbound I-75 and the detour will be removed.  Work will continue on northbound I-75 and all northbound I-75 travel lanes will be open to traffic no later than noon on Sunday, February 21.  

The detour is necessary for the safety of the traveling public as the existing Overpass Road bridge section is removed over northbound I-75. 

DETOUR ROUTE for northbound I-75: Traffic will be directed off northbound I-75 at Exit 279. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto SR 54/CR 54/Wesley Chapel Boulevard and continue west about 8 tenths of a mile to Old Pasco Road. At the traffic signal for Old Pasco Road, turn right and go north for approximately 6.75 miles to SR 52. Turn right at the traffic signal onto SR 52 and go east about 3/4 mile. After passing under I-75, turn left onto the entrance ramp to re-enter northbound I-75.

CAUTION: Old Pasco Road is a two-lane road (one lane in each direction) and will be very congested during the hours of the detour.  The posted speed limit along Old Pasco Road must be observed.  Motorists are urged to plan plenty of extra time to drive the detour and return to the interstate or consider alternate routes. Law enforcement officers and traffic management personnel will be active along the detour route to assist with traffic flow.  Detour signs and message boards will be placed along the detour route for guidance.

For more information, visit FDOTTampaBay.com/project/457/432734-2-52-01\.

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