All lanes of I-75 southbound traffic reopened in Sarasota - WFLA News Channel 8

All lanes of I-75 southbound traffic reopened in Sarasota

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (WFLA) - Since Monday afternoon, thousands of drivers along southbound I-75 in both Manatee and Sarasota had to deal with some major headaches.

Traffic was backed up for miles leading into Sarasota county on Tuesday.

The traffic issues were related to road damage caused by some falling equipment. On Monday morning, some heavy equipment weighing several thousand pounds fell off a truck and onto the pavement, creating several large holes. All day crews were patching them up and making progress.

For more than 24 hours, drivers along I-75 south leading into Sarasota had to test their patience.

"Traffic is absolutely ridiculous," said motorist Rick Lothrop.

State Trooper Kenn Watson said, "We've had reports of traffic being backed up over six miles."

I-75 south leading toward University Parkway in Sarasota had a terrible bottleneck because of repairs on the overpass above University Parkway.

But these problems were expected to be resolved at 6pm Tuesday.

Crews got finished a lot sooner than they had initially announced, and this is certainly great news for motorists.

There was one reported accident as a result of the traffic mess.  FHIP officials said Monday night at around 6:20, three teens were driving southbound when they approached the State Road 70 overpass. They did not see the stopped traffic and had to swerve to avoid collision. 

According to the report, they hit a stopped car, and flipped into the median killing 19-year-old Mikayla Brandt.

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