Howard Frankland reopens after gravel spill

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A gravel truck dumped its load across the Howard Frankland Bridge this afternoon, causing a traffic mess heading into Tampa.

The Florida Department of Transportation says the gravel was scattered across all lanes of northbound Interstate 275 on the Pinellas side.  Several Tampa-bound lanes were closed while crews swept up the mess.

Traffic was backed up well into Pinellas County.

All lanes had reopened by 3:15 p.m.

A Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said it was not clear what truck had left the mess behind.