Outdated exit signs can cause driver confusion

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I-275 Exit 39

Often, road construction projects require multiple modifications to signage, which may lead to confusion among motorists. That was the case with News Channel 8 viewer Jennifer, who contacted Traffic Reporter Meredyth Censullo with a question about directions to the Tampa International Airport from Bradenton.

Jennifer was looking for Tampa Airport Exit 39B. However, she writes,

When you get to the airport exit there’s no 39B. It’s just Exit 39, even after the road splits. Am I missing something here?

The Florida Department of Transportation explains that prior to 2012, northbound I-275 crossing the Howard Frankland Bridge included separate Exit 39 identifications. Exit 39A directed drivers toward Kennedy Boulevard and the Westshore area, while Exit 39B lead to Tampa International Airport. However, following a construction project on the Tampa side of the bridge, the exits were combined into one designation: Exit 39.

However, FDOT’s website hasn’t been updated to reflect the change, and still indicates there are separate labels: 39A and 39B. I contacted FDOT, and was told the changes would be made. 

The Tampa International Airport’s website also included incorrect driving directions, including Exit 39B. After contacting the airport, the change was quickly made, and the website now includes the correct information. 

If you see something fishy on your commute, let Meredyth know about it. Email mcensullo@wfla.com or reach out on Facebook: @WFLAMeredyth.
 

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