CSX’s Problem-Plagued Repairs Continue to Delay Reopening of Ewell Road
Published on Jun 18, 2021
Bartow, Fla. (June 18, 2021) — Repairs to the CSX Ewell Road rail crossing between Old Hwy. 37 and South Florida Avenue have been postponed again. Specialized equipment needed to complete the work has broken down and CSX is reporting that work will not resume until Monday. If the remainder of repairs proceed as planned, Ewell Road is expected to reopen late Tuesday afternoon or early Wednesday morning. Repairs were suspended for several days earlier this week so crews could respond to an emergency incident at their Lakeland rail yard.
Polk County regrets the ongoing delay and traffic disruption resulting from this closure. Due to longstanding statutory entitlements, CSX has considerable authority to close their crossings along public and private roadways. Polk County recognizes these repairs are necessary and will make for better, safer driving conditions when completed. To report a rail crossing issue or complaint, contact CSX at (877) 835-5279 or TellCSX@csx.com.