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Part of S West Shore in Tampa will now close starting May 4

West Shore Boulevard between W Bay Way Drive and Beachway Drive is scheduled to be closed from May 4 until sometime in July. The closure will take place while work crews repair the banks and make other drainage improvements to the Watrous Canal. City officials recommend using S Dale Mabry Highway, Henderson Boulevard and S Manhattan Avenue as an alternative north-south route.
West Shore Boulevard between W Bay Way Drive and Beachway Drive is scheduled to be closed from May 4 until sometime in July. The closure will take place while work crews repair the banks and make other drainage improvements to the Watrous Canal. City officials recommend using S Dale Mabry Highway, Henderson Boulevard and S Manhattan Avenue as an alternative north-south route.
Published Apr. 28, 2016

TAMPA — Part of S West Shore Boulevard will be closed starting May 4 for a canal and drainage improvement project that is expected to take at least two months to complete.

That closing is a week later than originally announced. West Shore will be closed from W Bay Way Drive to Beachway Drive. Beachway Drive also will be closed between West Shore and S Roxmere Road.

The road is expected to re-open in July.

During the closure, workers will repair erosion along the banks of the Watrous Canal and expand the canal's capacity to move stormwater. Part of the $2.9 million job includes replacing the box culvert at West Shore and other utilities.

The section of West Shore being affected averages about 28,000 vehicles a day, according to city traffic counts. Residents can expect the project to impact traffic to and from Beach Park, Sunset Park, Palma Ceia West, Beach Park Isles, Culbreath Isles, Culbreath Bayou, Stoney Point and Culbreath Heights.

Despite the road closure, pedestrians will still be able to walk along West Shore at all times.

Drivers, however, will need to find a detour. Tampa officials recommend using S Dale Mabry Highway, Henderson Boulevard and S Manhattan Avenue as an alternate route.

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