Published: October 6, 2023
Bartow, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2023) — CSX Transportation (CSXT) closed its Fort Green Road at Mills Road rail crossing just north of the Streamsong Resort near Bowling Green this morning for emergency rail repairs of tracks damaged by a semi-truck. All train traffic has been stopped and the intersecting roads have been closed until the damaged rails are replaced and traffic can safely resume. Detouring will be lengthy in this rural area of south Polk County. Southbound traffic along Fort Green Road north of the closure will detour at Old Highway 37 and County Road 630, while northbound traffic south of the closure will detour in Hardee County at State Road 62 and North County Road 633. Both detours can access State Road 37 or US Highway 17 to bypass closure. Northbound traffic can also detour at North County Road 633 to County Road 644 in Hardee County and access US Highway 17.
Motorists are advised to expect longer drivetimes along detours and to add extra time to their trips through this area. Repairs will be expedited, but no timetable to reopen the crossing is available. This notice will be updated when repairs are complete, and crossing is safe for traffic.
Contact Bill Skelton with the Polk County Roads & Drainage Division at (863) 535-2200 for further details.