TAMPA — The intersection at Bayshore and Gandy boulevards will reopen Monday, a week after a contractor drilled a hole into a water main break.
The 12-inch main in South Tampa was fixed Wednesday evening, but crew members had to dig a wide hole about 15 feet deep to get to it. Reconstruction of the road delayed the process of opening the intersection, said Elias Franco, a spokesman for the Tampa Water Department.
Initially, Franco hoped the work could be done by Friday, but workers will need to lay asphalt over the weekend and let it cure before the road can be used on Monday.
Before detours were set up around the intersection, drivers faced major gridlock as they commuted to and from work. Drivers detoured to MacDill Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway, creating more traffic.
Seventeen customers in the area, including apartment complexes, also temporarily lost water.
Left Coast Utility, a company contracted by Bright House Networks, was laying cables at the intersection and broke the water main and a storm drain when a drill hit a pipe.