SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Repairs are underway after the Florida Highway Patrol said there were reports of concrete falling from a Sarasota area I-75 overpass.
The southbound lanes of I-75 were shut down at University Parkway and University Parkway was closed in both directions. Northbound lanes of I-75 remained open, officials said.
As of 6:30 p.m Monday night, FDOT said the inside southbound lane on I-75 over University Parkway is back open to traffic and the middle and outside southbound lanes are closed at the overpass.
For Monday night drivers, FDOT said traffic in the outside southbound lane may exit I-75 at the interchange and travel across University Parkway to re-enter the interstate southbound.
Exiting traffic also may turn right onto University to travel westbound, officials said.
If repair work overnight proceeds well, state officials said one lane eastbound and one lane westbound on University Parkway will open to traffic by rush hour Tuesday morning.
While repair work is underway, officials said motorists should expect congestion on I-75 southbound in this area and plan for delays if their destinations are south of University Parkway.
Crews began cleaning up loose concrete at the overpass immediately after the incident late this morning that damaged the bridge, FDOT said.
Engineers have assessed damage, officials said, and repair is underway 24/7 until traffic on both I-75 and University Parkway is restored to normal patterns. They also said the middle and outside southbound lanes on I-75 will reopen to traffic Wednesday afternoon when all work is expected to finish.