Traffic Alert: Upcoming Road Closures

When THEA reconstructed Meridian Avenue in 2004, we pledged that once the Ardent Mills Flour Mill was demolished, we would remove the defunct railroad tracks that serviced the mill to help the City of Tampa create a better street grid system downtown. 

We are following through on that commitment and have begun removing the tracks. Please note that this removal will cause traffic delays and lane closures on Meridian Avenue next month. Once removed, THEA will add a commemorative plaque along the Selmon Greenway to recognize the property’s history. 

Please be aware of the following traffic alerts and lane closures for the Railroad track removal. Thank you for your patience.

TRAFFIC ALERTS (Subject to Change): Kimmins will be performing work for the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority starting on Friday, November 3rd at 10 PM until Monday, November 6th at 6 AM, on N Kennedy Blvd west of N Meridian Ave.  The scope of work includes the removal of the railroad tracks and full road restoration. 

During this time N Kennedy Blvd will be completely closed from N Nebraska Ave to N Meridian Ave.  A full maintenance of traffic detour, approved both by the City of Tampa and the FDOT,  will be in place.

The complete list of closures of Kennedy Blvd. and Jackson St. are as follows:

Kennedy Boulevard    

Date:               Friday – Monday, November 3-6 (10 p.m. -6:00 p.m.)

Closure:           Full road closure of Kennedy Blvd. (railroad track removal and repaving) 

Jackson Street 

Date:               Tuesday, November 7th (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Closure:           MOT to shift left 2-lanes of Jackson north onto N. Nebraska Ave. (crane to remove cantilever RR sign) 

 Date:               Friday – Monday, December 1-4 (10:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.)

Closure:           Full closure of Jackson St. from Meridian to N. Nebraska Ave.  (railroad track removal and repaving)