LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Traffic on I-75 northbound is still causing a major headache for motorists. This all comes after a problem with a crane at a construction site near the Palm Beach Blvd. exit.
The inside lane of northbound I-75 is slowly moving along. Two lanes merge into one as people cross the bridge.
Five concrete piles were set in place last night, but they shifted overnight. There is a crane attached to one of those concrete piles, and is floating on a barge in the river. That shifted as well.
Before they can open the lane, crews have to stabalize the five of them, and remove two of them. This construction is all part of a $75 million project to widen I-75 from between SR 80 (Palm Beach Blvd.) and SR 78 (Bayshore Rd.). Construction just started in January.
An alternative route is to exit at Palm Beach Blvd. (exit 141), take SR 31 north to westbound SR 78. Take SR 78 to re-enter at the mile marker 143 on-ramp. Heavy trucks, however, cannot use this route because of the SR 31 bridge restrictions.
There is not a set time as to when the road will re-open.