Falling concrete closes part of I-75 in Sarasota Co. - WFLA News Channel 8

Falling concrete closes part of I-75 in Sarasota Co.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (WFLA) - One southbound lane on Interstate 75 reopened late Monday afternoon. The interstate was closed earlier in the day after the Florida Highway Patrol received a report of concrete falling from the overpass on the I-75 overpass at University Parkway in Manatee County.

News Channel 8 Eagle 8 pilot/reporter Judd Chapin reported a five mile backup in the southbound lanes of I-75 early Monday evening.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 and eastbound and westbound lanes of University Parkway were closed around 12:30 p.m. The northbound lanes of I-75 remain open at this time.

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers say the damage was caused when a tractor trailer dropped a load of heavy machinery on the I-75 overpass at University parkway.
 
The Florida Department of Transportation has been notified and bridge inspectors will be assessing the damage to the bridge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Until the bridge has been inspected and been determined safe for vehicular traffic the southbound lanes of I-75 at the University Parkway overpass and the University Parkway travel lanes in the vicinity of the bridge will remain closed.


  • Southbound I-75 traffic can exit at State Road 64 (Exit 220) or State Road 70 (Exit 217).
  • All other southbound I-75 traffic must exit at University Parkway (Exit 213). Once exited, traffic may complete a safe and legal U-turn to proceed south on I-75 from University Parkway or travel south to US 301 to eastbound Fruitville Road. Once on Fruitville Road, traffic may re-enter southbound I-75 (mile marker 210).
  • The northbound lanes of I-75 remain open.
Stay with WFLA.com for updates with this developing story.

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