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CSX Crossing Closures to Slow Lakeland and Mulberry Traffic Next Week

Published on Feb 12, 2021

Bartow, Fla. (February 12, 2021) — Starting Tuesday, ongoing track upgrades by CSX Transportation will slow traffic with road closings at several rail crossings in Lakeland and Mulberry. Closures will last two to three days at each of following crossing locations listed in order of scheduled work.

North Lakeland (Winston Area) - Tuesday, February 16:

  • Old Tampa Highway at Gay Road
  • Old Tampa Highway at Wilkinson Road

South Lakeland - Wednesday, February 17:

  • West Pipkin Road between Old Hwy. 37 and Harden Blvd.
  • School House Road – south of Medulla Elementary School
  • Shepherd Road – between Old Hwy. 37 and State Road 37 (South Florida Avenue)

Mulberry - Thursday, February 18:

  • SE MLK Jr Avenue – south of State Road 60

CSX may change the starting date and duration of any closure without prior notice due to circumstances encountered as work advances. Lengthy travel delays are expected as traffic will be detoured to bypass closures. Commuters are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Motorists are further advised to observe signs redirecting traffic and to add time to trips through these areas.

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners and County Manager’s Office regret the traffic disruption motorists will face from this round of closures requiring detours. 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.

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