Pinellas County drivers should prepare for big detour

Railroad crossing repairs will close 66th St N.

ST. PETERSBURG - PINELLAS PARK: CSX and FDOT plan to close 66th St. N. at the railroad tracks near 90th Ave. N. (located between Park Boulevard and Bryan Dairy Road) beginning at 5AM Friday. The RR Xing will be rebuilt. Detour signs will be posted, directing motorists to alternate north/south routes of Belcher Road and/or US-19. 66th St. N. is scheduled to reopen by Friday afternoon, October 5.

THURSDAY AM COMMUTE RECAP:

8:55 -- I-275 TAMPA: Delays quickly easing southbound. A little sluggish at Fowler, but otherwise traffic is looking pretty good!

8:40 -- I-275 TAMPA UPDATE: All lanes open on southbound I-275 near Sligh Ave, but it's going to take a while for traffic to get back up to speed.

8:30 - I-275 TAMPA: 2 southbound lanes remain blocked near Sligh Avenue, and traffic is jammed beyond Fletcher. Alternate routes including Florida and Nebraska avenues also are slowing.

8:23 -- CLEARWATER: RT @KWatkins10 @TampaBayTraffic Crash at Lakeview/Keene. SB Keene is blocked in the right lane. Looks like 3 cars involved.

8:13 -- I-275 TAMPA: Crash southbound near Sligh Ave. Only 1 lane is squeaking by. That's a problem. Expect traffic delays out of N Tampa.

8:11 -- I-75 TAMPA: Northbound traffic is sluggish approaching Fowler Ave. Crash reported in the area. I see a few cars on right shoulder.

8:00 -- POLK CO crashes: CR-542/Industrial Blvd in Auburndale; Spirit Lake Rd/Winter Lake Rd in Winter Haven; Wabash Ave/Parker St in Lakeland.

7:49 -- PINELLAS CO: Crash near St. Pete/Clearwater Airport (PIE) at 144th Ave & Roosevelt Blvd.

7:45 -- LAND O LAKES - LUTZ: Fender bender on SR-54 west of Collier Pkwy. Near the Starbucks?

7:28 -- RIVERVIEW: Northbound US-301 reopened at Duncan, south of Bloomingdale. NEW CRASH WB Bloomingdale approaching US-301. Visual traffic delay.

7:17 -- TAMPA: Accident, traffic delays on Hillsborough Ave east of Veterans Expressway @ Hoover (north side of Tampa International Airport).

7:14 -- SUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE: Accident southbound 275 approaching the rest stop on the Manatee end of bridge. Minor traffic delays.

6:52 -- N TAMPA: Injury crash on Morris Bridge (Fletcher) at the ramp to southbound I-75.

6:49 -- I-4 TAMPA UPDATE: Slow traffic in both directions of I-4 at the 275 junction. Crash westbound approaching 275. Visual delays EB.

6:36 -- RIVERVIEW UPDATE: NORTHBOUND US-301 is BLOCKED at Duncan, south of Bloomingdale. Traffic detoured north on Duncan. EXPECT DELAYS!

6:33 -- I-4 TAMPA: Accident reported westbound at junction w/southbound I-275 downtown. Don't see it yet on my traffic cams but will keep looking.

6:26 -- BRANDON: Fender bender on Brandon Blvd & Lakewood Dr. HCSO responding.

6:19 -- HILLSBOROUGH CO - DOVER UPDATE: Power lines dangling on Walden Sheffield Rd west of Dover Rd. Scoot north and use SR-574/MLK instead.

6:15 -- HERNANDO CO - RIDGE MANOR: Crash with injuries & roadblock on US-98 & Rowntree Dr.

6:14 -- HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY - DOVER: Obstruction reported at Walden Sheffield Rd & Al Simmons, west of Dover Rd.

6:02 -- RIVERVIEW UPDATE: Delays on northbound US-301 between Duncan Rd & Bloomingdale Ave due to accident. HCSO and FHP called to scene.

5:43 -- RIVERVIEW: Injury crash reported on US-301 & Duncan Rd/Krycul Ave. FHP responding. I'll keep you posted.

5:36 -- HUDSON: A Pasco County Sheriff's Deputy cruiser was broad-sided by another vehicle at the intersection of US-19 and SR-52 at approximately 3:15AM. The deputy and the other driver are both hospitalized. All lanes have reopened at the intersection.

5:35 -- LARGO: Bayflite medical helicopter has taken a person involved in a scooter accident to a hospital. The scooter was the only vehicle involved in the crash near Largo Middle School. No further information is available on the scooter driver at this time.

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