Gulf to Bay remains closed at U.S. 19 for morning commute - FOX 13 News

Gulf to Bay remains closed at U.S. 19 for morning commute

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CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

Gulf to Bay Boulevard is closed in both directions after two trucks struck part of the overhead U.S. 19 span, and it will remain closed through Wednesday morning's commute.

Drivers in Pinellas should be aware of the shutdown intersection. Officials say it's like to cause headaches for the morning and evening commutes, with reopening likely not happening before late Wednesday.

Early Tuesday afternoon, the tops of the eastbound trucks somehow came in contact with the old, unused portion of the U.S. 19 overpass, which was scheduled for removal next week.

A city of Clearwater spokesperson says pieces of the original span broke off and fell into the roadway below.

"There is at least one steel girder, estimated to weigh 70 tons, that was part of the old bridge that is now hanging and needs to be removed," city spokeswoman Joelle Castelli explained.

The view from SkyFOX showed two eastbound tractor-trailers, the apparent culprits, stopped nearby.

U.S. 19 was initially closed but has since reopened.

The resulting detour includes westbound traffic heading north to Drew St., using the frontage road and then back to Gulf to Bay. Eastbound traffic is heading south to Belleair and then back to Gulf to Bay.

If you're heading north and south, use McMullen Booth Road, FOX 13's Jen Epstein said.

Crews say they have to remove three other beams before they can get to the damaged interior one.

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