UPDATED: 02/27/20 3 p.m.
Traffic’s already testy in South Tampa, but it was completely unbearable on Wednesday after CSX Transportation unexpectedly shut down local roads along the railroad, which runs along the Selmon Expressway from W. Morrison Avenue to W. Gandy Boulevard.
The closures caught many residents off guard, but on Wednesday, Vik Bhide the City of Tampa’s director of transportation and stormwater services, explained that the city had no idea about CSX’s plans to close roads.
At a news conference, he said the railroad company failed to follow city code by not sticking to a rail work schedule submitted to the city last week. Bhide added that had CSX followed procedure, the city could’ve been ahead of the ball and set up detours.
CSX, for its part, issued a Wednesday statement acknowledging the maintenance work. The railroad company said it coordinated the closures with the city and expected to reopen the Euclid Avenue, El Prado and Bay to Bay crossings by Thursday morning “barring any weather delays or other unexpected issues.”
“CSX apologizes to residents who may be impacted by this and we appreciate the public’s patience while we complete this important work, which is critical to ensuring the safety of motorists using these crossings and to maintaining a safe, reliable freight rail network,” the statement said.
On Thursday morning, the City of Tampa sent an update on which closed were open, supposed to reopen and which ones would be closed for two to five days.
“Drivers and pedestrians alike are advised to allow for extra travel time and travel through the area with caution. Barricades and signs will be located to assist with traffic flow,” the City of Tampa wrote.
Have a look at the latest update, which came in at 2:41 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 27, below.
The following streets are open.
- W. Euclid Avenue between S. Gunlock Avenue and S. Lynwood Avenue
- W. El Prado Boulevard between S. Concordia Avenue and W. Drexel Avenue
- W. Bay to Bay Blvd between S. MacDill Avenue and S. Ysabella Avenue
- N. 20th Street between E. 7th Avenue and E. 5th Avenue
- W. Iowa Avenue in S Manhattan Avenue and S Coolidge Avenue
- W Oklahoma Avenue between S Manhattan Avenue and S Lois Avenue
- W Prescott Street between S West Shore Boulevard and Fitzgerald Street
- W McCoy Street between S West Shore Boulevard and S Trask Street
The following streets are expected to reopen by midnight (12 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28.)
- W. Swann Avenue between S. Fremont Avenue and W. Packwood Avenue
- W. Cleveland Street from S. Willow Avenue to S. Dakota Avenue
- W. Platt Street from S. Dakota Avenue to S. Willow Avenue
- N. 18th Street between E. 7th Avenue and E. 5th Avenue
- N. Nebraska Avenue between E. Cass Street and E. Twiggs
- N. 19th Street between E. 7th Avenue and E. 5th Avenue
- N. 26th Street between E. 7th Avenue and E. 5th Avenue
The following crossings are expected to reopen by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28.
- W. Pearl Avenue between S. Lois Avenue and S. Clark Avenue
- W. Mississippi Avenue between S. Georgia Avenue and S. Carolina Avenue
- W. Watrous Avenue between S. Moody Avenue and S. Howard Avenue
- W. Morrison Avenue between S. Howard Avenue and S. Albany Avenue