TAMPA — Morning rush hour traffic around Bayshore and Gandy boulevards moved more smoothly Wednesday morning after being snarled in gridlock Tuesday because of a water main rupture.
Traffic was detoured around the rupture near the two key roads.
Traffic into MacDill Air Force Base on MacDill Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway was heavier than normal Wednesday morning. Traffic on Dale Mabry backed up south of Gandy.
Southbound MacDill and southbound Dale Mabry had about twice as much traffic Tuesday morning as people tried to pass through the gates to MacDill Air Force Base, according to Bay News 9 traffic reporter Chuck Henson. He said he expects the traffic congestion to continue.
The water main was fixed late Tuesday, but the road is expected to remain closed through Friday if not longer, said Elias Franco, a Tampa Water spokesman.
The 12-inch main was accidentally pierced by a contractor Monday evening, forcing workers to shut off water to 17 customers — including apartment complexes. Water has since been restored.
Left Coast Utility, laying new cable in the area, broke the water main and a storm drain when a drill hit a pipe.
It wasn't yet clear how much repairs or labor would cost.