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Bearss Avenue reopens ahead of schedule in Lutz

Bearss Avenue, a major commuter route closed last week so workers could replace a railroad crossing, is open again.

The work was completed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, a day and a half early.

"The guys really busted their butts to get it open," said Steve Valdez, community relations manager for Hillsborough County.

That meant a section of Bearss east of Nebraska Avenue was closed for five days instead of seven.

During the closure, CSX Transportation Inc. replaced its tracks and a section of rubber between them, Valdez said. The 13-year-old equipment had been worn down by up to 60,000 vehicles a day passing over it.

Valdez said similar wear is affecting lots of infrastructure that was built about a decade ago, and such repairs will be common around the county.

"It's a cyclical thing and it's coming up at us," he said.