Heading Downtown? Expect Traffic

Isabel Hanewicz, RHStoday Editor-in-Chief

A barge carrying a crane hit the Kennedy Bridge earlier today, causing the crane to get caught on the bridge’s drawbridge span. The bridge is currently stuck in the ‘up’ position. Kennedy Boulevard is closed in both directions from Ashley Drive to North Boulevard until the problem is fixed.

The barge was helping with the construction of the Tampa Riverwalk before it hit the bridge. An incident report on the City of Tampa’s website said that the barge was traveling too close to the bridge when the crane got caught. No one was injured in the accident.

The City of Tampa says that the crane must first detach the crane from the bridge and put it back on the barge before they can inspect the bridge to make sure no structural damage was caused. After that, they say, the bridge can reopen. There was no time estimate on how long this could take.

Expect traffic in Downtown until the bridge is fixed, and plan on using the Platt Street or Cass Street bridges as alternatives.

Update (11/5): As of early Wednesday morning, the bridge was still closed. The city says they are still working to detangle the crane, and the earliest the bridge could be reopened is later this afternoon.

Update (11/6): As of late Wednesday night, the crane was removed and bridge reopened to traffic.