Traffic on I75 near S.R. 70 in Manatee County
What was described as a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 75 just before noon on Wednesday was the proverbial straw on the back of the traffic camel for Manatee County.
Florida 511 Tampa Bay sent the first tweet out at 11:49 a.m. reporting one northbound lane was blocked near the State Road 70 exit, only to report that all lanes were blocked just minutes later.
Within 15 minutes the left and center lanes had reopened and minutes later the accident was reported to be clear though residual traffic remained for some time.
The multi-vehicle crash occurred about 30 minutes after a crash in the northbound lanes happened near the University Parkway off ramp that had one lane blocked.
The weather caused more chaos throughout the county beginning with a crash on U.S. 301 just north of Tallevast Road around 7 a.m. Another accident a few hours later was reported on U.S. 41 at Florida Boulevard. An hour later, a crash occurred at U.S. 301 and Third Street West, temporarily blocking one northbound lane.
At around the same time, a crash occurred at Ninth Street West and 19th Avenue West, blocking southbound lanes and an hour later a crash occurred at U.S. 41 and 57th Avenue West, blocking a northbound lane for a while.
There were multiple traffic light malfunctions at 14th Street West and Eighth Avenue West and U.S. 41 and 53rd Avenue West, as well as Honore Avenue and 17th Street. The light at Honore Avenue and Longmeadow was the last reported malfunction at about 12:30 p.m.
To add to the overall headache for motorists, the Bradenton Police Department had to shut down Ninth Street West between 19th and 26th avenues west because of flooding.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were no reports available on injuries or causes.