Southbound Florida Avenue lanes are closed south of the Polk Parkway because of a water main break at Doris Drive, the Lakeland Police Department reports.
It will be at least 9 p.m. tonight before the road re-opens, according to an LPD tweet.
At 1:45 p.m., Google Maps showed traffic congested past the Polk Parkway to WalMart, and by 2:25 it was backed up nearly to Edgewood Drive.
Drivers can expect delays on Frontage Road and Harden Boulevard, as well, LPD spokesman Gary Gross said.
The Citrus Connection posted on Twitter that “possible sinkhole activity on South Florida Avenue” has led to Route 1 bus detours: Southbound bus will turn right on Frontage Road, left on Old 37 and left again on Highlands. The bus will return to the route on South Florida Avenue; the detour northbound will be reversed.
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