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I-75 SB lanes back open following overpass repairs

Sarasota, FL -- UPDATE: The Florida Department of Transportation has reopened the southbound lanes of I-75 Tuesday evening following repairs to an overpass that sustained damage Monday.

As of 5 p.m., all lanes on University Parkway were opened to traffic.

Construction crews worked around-the-clock to repair holes on the I-75 overpass at University Parkway.

Lanes on University Parkway were closed intermittently as crews finished repairs. Orange cones were laid one-by-one, marking lane closures in an ongoing task that continued until the roadway holes were patched and all lanes operational.

For most of the day the interstate was down to one open lane as traffic moved slowly through the area Tuesday.

The traffic headache that plagued the area for almost two days stemmed from an accident that happened Monday afternoon.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, a driver tried to dodge another car and lost control of his semi. It was carrying 6,000 pounds of drilling equipment that became unhinged from the impact.

Pieces damaged the roadway and pierced several holes right through parts of the interstate.

Chunks of concrete fell down onto University Parkway. No one was hurt, but the road was shut down for several hours.

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