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Gandy Boulevard fully reopens after fuel leak

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Posted at 5:52 AM, Feb 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-03 05:13:43-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Gandy Boulevard is fully reopened Thursday morning after it was closed Tuesday afternoon following a fuel leak from an overturned semi.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) milled and resurfaced Gandy Blvd. from West Shore Blvd. to Bridge St. The asphalt absorbed the aviation fuel which weakened and deteriorated the roadway.

FDOT said on Wednesday it hoped to get all operations complete by late Wednesday night and have all lanes opened by tomorrow morning rush hour.

On Tuesday, a semi carrying aviation fuel, not jet fuel, overturned at the intersection of Westshore Boulevard and Gandy shortly before noon.

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On Tuesday, the overturned truck and subsequent fuel shut down Gandy for several hours from Pinellas County in both directions along with the connector between the bridge and the Selmon Expressway. The Selmon Expressway reopened shortly after 6 p.m. and Gandy Bridge shortly after 7 p.m.