Part of Fletcher Ave. to remain shut down for 1 week due to cavern

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Part of Fletcher Avenue in Hillsborough County will remain shut down for at least one week due to a cavern that formed underneath the westbound lanes. 

Deputies say a water main break caused a cavern to form on Tuesday where Fletcher Avenue crosses over the Hillsborough River. The majority of the outside lane under the bridge has eroded.

Crews will drain around the water main break on Wednesday. The county is trying to figure out the best way to make repairs under the road, which could take a while.

Tampa Water Department spokesperson Chuck Weber says it will be at least a week before the road opens back up.

“Depending on what the design is, it could take a few days, up to a couple weeks or maybe longer depending on the extent of the design repair,” Weber says.

Westbound Fletcher Avenue remains shut down at Telecom Parkway. Traffic is being diverted south on Telecom which loops back to Morris Bridge Road. From there, drivers can access Fowler Avenue as an alternate.

Eastbound traffic remains open, but you can expect delays during peak drive times.

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