Multiple CSX Rail Closures to Slow Bartow Traffic Next Week
Bartow, Fla. (January 21, 2022) — Another round of progressive rail crossing repairs by CSX Transportation will slow traffic in Bartow starting Wednesday, January 26. While two-to-three-day road closures are generally needed for crews to complete work at each crossing, the Crown Avenue and Baker Avenue triple-track crossings will take about one week to finish. The N. Broadway Avenue crossing is scheduled to close for one-day only. Short detours will be in effect and travel delays are expected at each of the listed road closure locations in order of the scheduled work. Heavier than usual congestion can be expected at peak hours. Commuters should drive carefully and be alert to signs redirecting traffic. Extra time should be added to trips in and around downtown Bartow.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022:
- Crown Avenue and Baker Avenue
Thursday, January 27, 2022
- N. Mill Avenue and N. Broadway Avenue south of Polk Street
- N. Oak Avenue and N. Searcy Avenue south of E. North Street
Friday, January 28, 2022
- E. Church Street east of E. Boulevard Street
Saturday, January 29, 2022
- Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Magnolia Street east of S. 10th Street
- E. Gibbons Street and E. Clower Street east of Spessard Holland Parkway (U.S. Highway 17)
The Polk County Board of County Commissioners and County Manager’s Office regret any traveling disruption caused by CSX closures. However, longstanding statutory entitlements provide CSX considerable authority to close roads crossing their railway lines. Polk County recognizes these repairs are necessary and will make for better and safer driving conditions when completed.
Anyone wanting to report a public road rail crossing issue or complaint should call CSX at 1-800-232-0144 or email them at TellCSX@csx.com.