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Water main break shuts down Bayshore Blvd

TAMPA – Bayshore Boulevard at Gandy Boulevard is closed in both directions following a water main break, police said —and it won't be opening anytime soon.

The water leak is under control, but because of major damage to the roadway, Tampa police Lt. David Goodman said the road would probably be shut down for at least a couple days.

The road is buckling in some areas and sinking in others. A storm drain was damaged, too.

"It's going to make for a miserable commute tomorrow morning," Goodman said.

Traffic to the MacDill Air Force Base will be affected, said Tampa Water spokesman Elias Franco.

He said at least 17 nearby homes were without water as of Monday night. It was not clear when that service would be restored.

The damage was so substantial that Franco said an outside contractor with heavy equipment was called in to help with repairs overnight Monday.

The main broke when a contractor working for a cable company hit it while doing work in the area, Franco said.

Reach Kim Wilmath at kwilmath@sptimes.com or 813-226-3337.

Water main break shuts down Bayshore Blvd 05/09/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2011 9:48pm]
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