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Downtown road closure

Downtown road closure

Tampa, FL -- Morgan Street between Cass Street and Twiggs Street will be closed to northbound traffic today. 

The reason for the closure is so that work can be done on the connection of previously installed pipeline which is part of the City of Tampa's Downtown Utility Capital Improvement Project (UCAP).

Traffic will be detoured north on Florida Avenue and Jefferson Street to Zack Street then back to Morgan Street.

Bruce B. Downs construction moving along

Bruce B. Downs construction moving along

Tampa, FL -- Despite weather extremes from 2010, with record setting cold to high summer heat, construction on Bruce B. Downs from Palm Springs Boulevard to Pebble Creek Boulevard then to County Line Road is just about on schedule.


Installation of the large storm sewers and water mains were a few weeks behind schedule because of some of the inclement weather.


But the drier than normal conditions to finish the rainy season and on into the winter gave contractors time to get back on schedule.

Cruise returns to port after passengers get sick

Cruise returns to port after passengers get sick

Tampa, Florida - The Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas cruise ship pulled into port Saturday morning in Tampa and many of its passengers described the symptoms they suffered after coming down with a gastrointestinal virus onboard.


For Melba and Claudia from Chicago, their first cruise is unforgettable, they say. That's because, during the five day cruise to Mexico, a number of guests came down with Norovirus.


Neither wanted to give their last names but Claudia says, "There were hundreds of people sick."


While Melba and Claudia didn't get sick, they say they saw plenty of other passengers who were. Claudia says, "They were throwing up in all of the bathrooms."

Courthouse repairs forces closed streets in Downtown Tampa

Tampa, Flordia --A new air conditioning system at the Sam Gibbons Federal Court House in Downtown Tampa is going to cause a headache for those driving in the area.

Instillation of the new system requires the use of a huge crane and that means detours for motorists.

Florida Avenue will be closed between Zack and Tyler from Friday 1/7/11 through 1/9/11.

 Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during the week of 1/10/11 through 1/14/2011 then Florida will be closed until the night of 1/17/11 and reopened before 5AM 1/18/11.

Street closure in downtown Tampa

Street closure in downtown Tampa

TAMPA, Florida -- Motorists are advised to use alternative routes while the air conditioning units are replaced on top of the Sam Gibbons U.S. Federal Courthouse.

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Jan. 6, Johnson Controls, Inc. will be closing Cass Street at Tampa Street to through traffic. Local access will be maintained. The street is scheduled to be reopened on Monday, Jan. 10.

For additional information, please contact Patrick Horrigan of Johnson Controls, Inc. at (813) 241-5075.

Emergency repairs on downtown street

Emergency repairs on downtown street

TAMPA, Florida -- The City of Tampa's Wastewater Department is conducting emergency repairs on a collapsing manhole located in the 1300 block of North Florida Avenue at the intersection of Laurel Street.

Due to the location of the manhole, the center and right lanes and merging all northbound traffic in this area into the left lane will be closed. While this work is going on there will be arrow boards in place directing traffic.

The project is expected for completion, including repaving the lanes, no later than the close of business Tuesday, Jan. 4, weather permitting.

The City of Tampa recommends motorists find alternate routes of travel while this work is in progress to avoid any delays or road congestion. Please direct any concerns regarding this project to Reginald Tim, Team Leader, at (813) 918-2011.

Reserved parking spaces taking up space?

Reserved parking spaces taking up space?

Tampa, Florida- By law the handicapped have their marked parking spots, but they're not alone anymore more businesses are reserving spots for expectant mothers.


Angela Dawson is 6 and half months pregnant and is starting to shop a lot for her new daughter. "I wouldn't park in them now, I'm not that far along and don't have to, but when you're further a long sure be very convenient."


Gerri Alvarez from Tampa doesn't see a need for the signs, "They're not disabled. They need the exercise, that to me is silly. When I was pregnant I wanted to do a little walking."


Some motorists say these designated spots are not so convenient for them.


"When there is a sign like that expectant mother, merchant of the month, worker of the month I don't appreciate it because parking is for everyone," adds Alvarez.