Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa traffic conditions easing, officials say, as Republican Convention winds down Thursday

TAMPA — Three down. One to go.

With the Republican National Convention's last day ticking down, officials are predicting the worst of the traffic headaches are over, leaving just one morning and afternoon rush hour for commuters to endure.

"I thought things were a little better today," Tampa's transportation director, Jean Duncan, said of downtown driving conditions Wednesday. "We didn't have the downtown road closures from protesters. It was probably somewhat better than Tuesday, but both days were very smooth."

Smooth but slow. And there's still plenty of slowdowns ahead.

Drivers can still expect another day of bumper-to-bumper conditions on Kennedy Boulevard and Twiggs and Jackson streets. Parking at the Fort Brooke garage will likely stay a problem this morning, with a bottleneck stretching onto Tampa Street.

And some South Tampa streets should continue to induce anxiety. Parts of W Kennedy Boulevard, MacDill Avenue and Platt, Cleveland and Willow streets have looked more like parking lots than roads the past few days. Part of that is due to the closing of the Platt Street Bridge and northbound Bayshore Boulevard at Swann Avenue.

"Sometimes you have police directing traffic at one intersection and that can lead to backups at other intersections," Duncan said.

With most police resources committed to downtown, that means South Tampa has another day of headaches ahead. Tuesday evening saw delays on Howard Avenue as about a dozen empty charter buses labored to make the turn from Cleveland Street. Apparently, the drivers were looking to park somewhere to wait out Tuesday's RNC session.

Whether because of Tropical Storm Isaac or a decision by downtown's office crowd to adjust their schedules or stay away this week, traffic hasn't been as bad as officials expected. Traffic on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway's reversible express lanes has been sparse.

"It could have been a lot worse," Duncan said. "We figured with the displacement of traffic from the road closures, we would see a lot more congestion. But we haven't had significant issues with the a.m. or p.m., and we're pleased with that."

Now if only the protesters stay off the roads today.

Rich Shopes can be reached at rshopes@tampabay.com or (813) 661-2454.

Tampa traffic conditions easing, officials say, as Republican Convention winds down Thursday 08/29/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 11:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Trump reveals that he didn't record Comey after all

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI director James Comey, ending a monthlong guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy.

    President Donald Trump said Thursday that he didn’t record his conversations with James Comey.
  2. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick Friday night in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) eludes  Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of Wednesday???‚??„?s (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  3. Investigation Discovery TV show profiles 2011 Landy Martinez murder case

    Crime

    The murder of a St. Petersburg man will be featured this week on a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery.

    Jose Adame sits in a Pinellas County courtroom during his 2016 trial and conviction for first-degree murder. Adame was convicted of first-degree murder last year for torturing and then executing his boyfriend as he pleaded for his life in 2011. Now it will be featured in a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery. The episode will air on June 26 at 9 p.m. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  4. Uhuru mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel protests exclusion from debate

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jesse Nevel, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement candidate for mayor, on Thursday demanded that he be allowed to participate in a July 25 televised debate between incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker.

    Mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel holds a news conference outside the headquarters of the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday to protest his exclusion from the mayoral debate. Nevel is a member of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.
  5. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman also has top-9 wing on his wish list

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Much has been made about the Lightning's interest in bolstering its blue line, even after last week's acquisition of defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev.

    Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures as he speaks to the media about recent trades during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning, over the past few days, have traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, forward Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and forward Valtteri Filppula to the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA101