BARTOW, Fla. – FDOT has closed one of two southbound left turn lanes and one of two southbound through lanes on US 17 at the SR 540 (Cypress Gardens Boulevard) intersection. These lane closures are necessary as the contractor investigates the cause of a depression in the roadway and begins repairs. These lane closures will remain in place through this evening and into tomorrow. On July 12, a pipe below the depression will be investigated to determine if that may cause of this problem.
The attached photo was taken at the intersection of US 17 and Avenue R S.W.
FDOT project 444050-1 (US 17 at SR 540) is in this area. That project includes adding turn lanes, making median improvements, paving, updating signals, and improving lighting. At this time, there is no indication that the depression is associated with the roadwork being performed. The weblink for that project is: www.swflroads.com/project/444050-1
Motorists should watch for workers and equipment close to the open lanes and expect slow moving traffic and delays during peak-hour drive times.