Work along five miles of CSX railroad track next to Kathleen Road is expected to close 13 intersections and disrupt traffic next week. The work extends from 10th Street in Lakeland to 1st Street NW in Kathleen, with closures expected to last two to five days in each location.

“Some crossings will be closed at the same time, while others will close in a progressive order as a rolling operation … Access limitations and travel delays are anticipated as through traffic will be detoured to bypass work zones,” Polk County officials said in a news release.

Work is scheduled to start on the following days at the following intersections:


  • West 10th Street
  • Fairbanks Street
  • Knights Station Road/Griffin Road
  • Sleepy Hill Road


  • Galloway Road
  • Strickland Road
  • Youngs Ridge Road
  • Deeson Road
  • Three private roads


  • Oak Avenue NW
  • 1st Street NW

From the county’s news release:

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners and County Manager’s Office regret the expected travel delays and disruption to residents resulting from another round of overlapping closures fast-tracked by CSX with limited notice and without county input. However, due to longstanding CSX statutory entitlements, there are no options for the County to reschedule this work. CSX has precedence and considerable authority to close road crossings along their railway lines. Motorists are encouraged to remain patient, be cautious and to add time to their trips through these areas. 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


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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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