Section of I-275 closed overnight - FOX 13 News

Section of I-275 closed overnight

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Crews have to shutdown I-275 in both directions at Westshore Blvd. overnight, to replace signs over the roadway.

By now we should be used to it all-- blinking lights, construction signs and road closings.

But that doesn't necessarily make getting around them any easier.

"The barriers they put up don't give you much room for clearance. You just hold on to the steering wheel and keep it straight," said truck driver Dan Bushey.

Bushey, who's been a trucker for 17 years, said it's just part of doing business.

"You have to laugh at the signs that say new traffic pattern. Every pattern I come across is a new pattern. So I'm used to that."

Tuesday night, there's a big traffic detour affecting him and any other driver on the interstate.

I-275 at Westshore will be closed starting at 11:30 p.m.

Workers are replacing the big overhead signs that go across all lanes of the interstate.

"When you have a structure like this that spans the entire interstate, there's really no way to safely take it down with traffic moving under it. Can it be done? Probably. But would we take the chance that something went wrong and fell on vehicles or fell in front of vehicles. No we wouldn't want to take that chance," said John McShaffrey with the Florida Department of Transportation.

Traffic will be re-routed off i-275 during the overnight hours.

FDOT said a few thousand cars will probably be affected.

The good news is all of the lanes should be reopened by 5:30 Wednesday morning.

"Ideally we're shooting for just an hour or two of detours during that time. Ideally between 1 and 3," said McShaffrey.

All the reason to take it easy on the roads overnight, and keep an eye out for detours.

"They're everywhere! Just another day at work," said Bushey.

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