SOUTH TAMPA -- Several small businesses in South Tampa are bracing for a major road closure scheduled for next week.
Dale Mabry, just north of Gandy Boulevard will be shut down in both direction for several days as CSX replaces some older railroad tracks, including ties and rails.
Florida DOT is handling the road closure part of the project, which will be north of Gandy Boulevard and south of Fair Oaks.
Detours will take traffic along Bay to Bay Boulevard and then north or south on either MacDill or Manhattan Avenue, depending upon which way drivers need to travel.
“It’s a busy stretch, but the only way to replace the rails is to shut it down, get it done quickly, and if we have good weather, we may be able to open it up earlier,” said FDOT spokesperson Kris Carson.
Two trains currently use the stretch of rail being replaced, making runs to the Port of Tampa five days a week, but some 34,000 motorist use the same section of road daily.
Several more closings are taking place this month, including August 15-18 at Howard Ave. between Watrous and Morrison Avenues; August 22-25, 21st Street between 5th and 7th Avenues in Ybor will be closed; and South MacDill at Santiago Street.
From August 29 through September 1, Euclid Ave. between Himes and Lynwood Avenues will be closed for rail work, as well as Doyle Carlton Drive between Cass and Polk streets.