UPDATE: University Parkway is back open Tuesday morning following Monday's flatbed truck accident. I-75 southbound is still reduced to just one lane at the University Parkway exit (#213).
SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. - A damaged overpass over University Parkway is causing major traffic issues in the area.
A flatbed truck carrying pile driving equipment was headed southbound on I-75 shortly before noon Monday. As it passed over University Parkway, a piece of equipment called a pile driving cushion fell off the truck, damaging the concrete roadway in three spots.
All southbound lanes of I-75 were shut down for hours before FHP troopers re-opened one lane around 3:30pm.
Traffic in both directions of University Parkway were also closed, and should remain closed overnight while engineers inspect the overpass for more damage. FHP says they hope to have one lane open each direction by morning.
All northbound lanes of I-75 have remained open, but have still experienced lengthy backups as well.