MANATEE -- Maintenance on two railroad crossings will soon mean detours and possible delays for drivers in the area.
Beginning Wednesday, Martin Luther King Avenue West will be closed between Third Street West and Sixth Street West. Work will last through Sunday, according to CSX Roadmaster Justin Childers.
"It's just routine maintenance," he said.
Westbound traffic will be rerouted south on Third Street West to 13th Avenue West and Ninth Street West.
Eastbound traffic will be rerouted north on Sixth Street West to Manatee Avenue West.
A second railroad crossing project will start around July 19 on U.S. Highway 41 just south of Interstate 275.
The tracks across U.S. 41 are being replaced in two phases, said Robin Stublen, communications specialist with the Florida Department of Transportation.
When the project starts, southbound lanes of U.S. 41 will be closed to install a two-lane paved crossover in the median connecting the north- and southbound
lanes, Stublen said.
U.S. 41 will be two-way traffic for a short distance until southbound traffic is diverted back to the proper lanes on the other side of the construction area.
When track work on the southbound side of U.S. 41 is completed about Aug. 9, the process will be reversed and northbound traffic will be diverted to two lanes on the southbound side of the divided highway, creating two-way traffic until the project is finished, around the end of August, Stublen said.
"It's a way to keep traffic flowing and get the work done," he said.