Sunday, June 17, 2018
Public safety

Courtney Campbell reopened after chemical spill

CLEARWATER — All lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway heading into Tampa have been reopened following a chemical spill.

Chlorine began leaking on the roadway from a vehicle on Thursday morning, requiring a hazmat team to clean up, officials said. There were no reported injuries.

Traffic was also backed up along the Howard Frankland Bridge due to a crash in the center lane, according to reports. There was slow moving traffic along Gandy Boulevard due to construction.

The chemical is believed to be a 10 percent chlorine substance, which is not as volatile as pure chlorine. At least 150 gallons were leaked, but not all of it made its way to the roadway, said Rob Shaw, a spokesman for the Clearwater Police Department.

At this time there is no concern that the chemical entered the Tampa Bay.

Fire and rescue personnel from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties were on scene.

Westbound traffic was slow due to diverted eastbound traffic.

"It is a giant traffic mess. We are urging people to use any other route to get to Tampa," Shaw said, before the Courtney Campbell was reopened.

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