MEDIA ADVISORY: Water Deptartment Director to Brief Media on Breaks

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Water Department Director Brad Baird will brief the media this afternoon and update them on the two breaks which have occurred today.

At 2 p.m., he will meet reporters near the break at Ashley and Tyler in downtown Tampa. Currently, the two outer southbound lanes on Ashley Drive and westbound lanes on Tyler Street from Ashley to Macinnes Place are closed while the Tampa Water Department repairs a 12-inch transmission line break.

At 3:30 p.m., he will meet reporters north of intersection of Dale Mabry and Ballast Point Boulevard where the pipe broke. All northbound lanes on Dale Mabry Highway are closed between Ballast Point and Gandy boulevards while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water service line. Repairs to the break are complete, but the restoration process is taking longer than anticipated. The road is expected to reopen by 6 p.m., Friday, August 22, weather conditions permitting.

Barricades and signs remain in place to assist with traffic flow around both locations. Drivers should seek alternate routes.