TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A closure that began in May is still causing major traffic issues for some residents in South Tampa.
8 On Your Side’s Leslee Lacey reports it’s been more than one month since Westshore Blvd closed between Bay Way and Beachway Drive.
Resident Michelle Peterson works and lives near the closure. She is frustrated because drivers are using Lois Ave. as the alternate to Westshore Blvd. Peterson says cars are going much faster than normal on Lois, and it’s a dangerous situation for children and pets in the neighborhoods. She hears horns throughout the day and night due to drivers making illegal left turns onto Lois Ave from Henderson Blvd.
Peterson would also like to know why and when the work will be completed. 8 On Your Side took her concerns to Brad Baird with the City of Tampa’s Public Works and Utilities.
Baird says citations were given out at the intersection of Lois and Henderson. Baird adds police have also been issuing citations and informing drivers about the temporary no left turn policy during the closure. Unfortunately people are continuing to make left turns, probably because under normal circumstances it would be legal.
The construction on Westshore is part of the Watrous Canal Rehabilitation Project.
Baird explains they are replacing box culverts to allow for a larger capacity of water to run through the culverts. Baird says this should reduce flooding upstream all the way past Manhattan Ave, which is a good thing because the area has some severe flooding.
The new culverts should help direct more water away from neighborhoods and straight to the bay.
Fortunately for Peterson and other residents, Baird says the project is ahead of schedule, and they plan on reopening Westshore Blvd next Friday.
More work on this project will continue, however Westshore Blvd will remain open.
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