Pothole, drainage problem hamper I-75, Crosstown Expressway

A pothole and a drainage problem, which was first labeled a sinkhole, on two major highways caused headaches for motorists as workers made repairs.

The inside, eastbound lane of the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway in Tampa was closed near 50th Street at about 6:15 p.m. Monday when officials discovered what looked like a sinkhole there. It turned out to be a problem with the drainage system in the median that cause water to collect in that spot, said Expressway Authority spokeswoman Sue Chrzan.

The closure did not have a major effect on traffic, and it was expected to be back open by 2 p.m. Tuesday, Chrzan said, before traffic is typically heaviest through that area for afternoon rush hour.

In Wesley Chapel, a pothole on southbound I-75 at County Road 54 forced officials to close the right lane Tuesday.

Crews started repairing the pavement at 8:30 a.m. and were still working through the afternoon, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

The lane was expected to open between 3:30 and 4 p.m.

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Pothole, drainage problem hamper I-75, Crosstown Expressway 03/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 3:53pm]

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