Bruce B. Downs Blvd. reopened after gas line break

Update (4:30 p.m.- Bruce B. Downs has reopened)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A stretch of a busy Tampa road will remain closed on Tuesday afternoon after a construction crew broke a gas line.

Tampa police closed Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in both directions at Amberly Drive after an excavator hit and ruptured a 6-inch gas line.

As crews repair the gas line, Bruce B. Downs Boulevard will remain closed between Amberly Drive and Tampa Palms Boulevard. The closure could last until around 4:30 p.m.

Police say there is no threat to schools in the area, but the repair will impact and delay buses as they transport children at the end of the school day.  Drivers are also asked to find alternate routes until the repair is completed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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