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CSX Railroad Upgrades to Slow Kathleen Area Traffic

Published on Jan 5, 2022

Bartow, Fla. (January 5, 2022) — Starting Monday, January 10, track repairs by CSX Transportation will close railroad crossings at Deeson Road, Oak Ave NW, and 1st Street NW in the Kathleen area of Lakeland for up to five days. Congestion and peak hour travel delays are anticipated as through traffic will be detoured to Lewellyn Road, Chart Pine Road, and Mt. Tabor Road to bypass work zones. Motorists are encouraged to drive carefully, be alert to detour signs, and to add time to their trips through these areas.

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners and County Manager’s Office regret the resulting travel delays and disruption to residents. However, due to longstanding CSX statutory entitlements, CSX has precedence and considerable authority to close roads crossing their railway lines Polk County recognizes these repairs are necessary and will make for better and safer driving conditions when completed.

Anyone wanting to report a public road rail crossing issue or complaint should call CSX at 1-800-232-0144 or email them at