At around noon on Thursday, traffic authorities reported that all northbound lanes, just north of the Clark Road exit in Sarasota County had been shut down following an incident that left debris scattered across the freeway.
Details of what caused the debris field were not immediately known Thursday afternoon.
Crews scrambled to clean up the mess as traffic backed up for miles and within a half hour of the first report, authorities were able to get all but one lane reopened.
By 12:43 p.m. all lanes were reopened, according to the Florida Department of Transportation, but normal traffic flow was still expected to take awhile given the substantial congestion that occurred following the all-lane closure.
This story will be updated.