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Road closure to upgrade railroad crossing

Road closure to upgrade railroad crossing

Tampa, FL -- 20th Street is scheduled to be closed to through traffice between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue beginning Monday, Sept. 26, according to the city's Department of Public Works.

Work will be done to upgrade the existing CSX railroad crossing and is expected to be completed by Oct. 2.

The city recommends motorists use alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

 

Walk and Roll to school day coming soon!

Walk and Roll to school day coming soon!

Tampa, Florida -- Just a heads up! International Walk to School Day is coming up on Oct. 5.

For Westchase Elementary, the walk or roll to school starts at 7:30 a.m.

International Walk to School Day started in 1997 in Chicago which was modeled after a similar program in the United Kingdom.

The idea is to spread awareness and make communities more walkable or rideable if you prefer two wheels.

Tampa gas prices fall despite Gulf evacuation

Tampa gas prices fall despite Gulf evacuation

Tampa, FL -- Now's the time to fill up your tanks!

Oil prices increased slightly after reports showed U.S. stockpiles of crude oil decreased by approximately 3 million barrels because Tropical Storm Lee forced refineries in the Gulf to evacuate, according to AAA Club South.

However, prices are expected to fall this week because of slow economic conditions in the U.S. and Europe.

AAA reports the price of crude oil settled Friday at $87.96 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange—72 cents more than the week prior.

Road closure to replace water line

Road closure to replace water line

Tampa, FL -- The northbound lane of Marion Street between Tyler and Harrison streets will be closed while City of Tampa Water Department crews install a new water service line.

The work is expected to be completed by late Friday, Sept. 16, depending on weather conditions.

Drivers should use alternate routes until work is complete.

Gas prices fall despite increase in oil prices

Gas prices fall despite increase in oil prices

Tampa, FL -- Average retail gasoline prices in Tampa fell 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.52/g Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.66/g, according to gasoline price website TampaGasPrices.com.

"Late last week we started to see a drop in wholesale gasoline prices, which is the price stations pay. Such news means the national average may begin moving lower," Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst said in a release. "While I'm hopeful we'll start to see lower retail gasoline prices in the days ahead, we have seen considerable volatility and I'd hate to see the market move higher in the days ahead, negating any expected drop in retail prices."

More space at Westchase E.S.

More space at Westchase E.S.

Tampa, Florida -- There's more space at Westchase Elementary. The school opened its new parking lot on Thursday.

Principal Scott Weaver writes in this month's school newsletter, the new lot will provide parking for volunteers and visitors.

If you've been the school, you know parking is limited, so you can bet this is something the school has been looking forward to.

Hillsborough County budgeted $100,000 for the construction of the lot. County documents show the lot is also needed to accommodate a proposed multi-purpose gymnasium near the school.

ClickHillsborough County Schools document

Open House for Alexander Street Extension project

Open House for Alexander Street Extension project

Plant City, FL -- The Florida Department of Transportation will hold a construction open house for the Alexander Street Extension project in Hillsborough County.

The open house will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Meadows at Countrywood Club House, 730 E. Sam Allen Road in Plant City.

There will be no formal presentation but citizens are encouraged to come by where they can find project information and ask department staff questions.

The Alexander Street Extension project will include building a new road north of Alexander Street between I-4 and Joe McIntosh Road and widening the existing S.R. 39 between Joe McIntosh Road and Knights Griffin Road.  When finished the entire corridor will be four lanes with medians and paved shoulders.