Tuesday, April 9, 2013
An accident involving a tractor trailer had closed all eastbound lanes on the bridge.
Update 10:15 a.m.: All eastbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway are now open, according to the Tampa Police Department. Earlier: The Tampa Police Department is warning motorists to steer clear of the eastbound Courtney Campbell Causeway this morning, April 9, following a crash involving a tractor trailer. The crash has all eastbound lanes closed to traffic. Stay with Patch for updates as they become available.
Monday, December 3, 2012
More than 50,000 drivers take to the scenic Courtney Campbell Causeway daily. But what do you know about the road’s namesake?
Work on a multi-use trail alongside one of the Tampa Bay area’s most iconic roads is started. Clearwater city leaders passed a resolution in support of naming the multi-use trail being built along the south side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Scenic Highway the Courtney Campbell Trail recently. More than 50,000 drivers take to the scenic highway daily, and surely the trail linking the bay will be popular as well. But what do you know about the road’s namesake? The Man Campbell, from Chillicothe, MO, served as a second lieutenant in the army during World War I, according to the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. After the Great War he studied law. Following graduation, he started a practice in Tampa in 1923, according…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Volunteers are needed to help remove trash and debris from along the Courtney Campbell Causeway as part of the Keep Pinellas Beautiful coastal cleanup Sept. 15.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A 19-year-old man failed to yield to oncoming traffic while making a U-turn on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Clearwater on Tuesday, officials said. Three people, including a 9-year-old boy, suffered serious injuries.
A teenage driver was cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic in a Tuesday evening crash that injured nine people and shut down the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Investigators say Antonio Hernandez, 19, was headed westbound on the causeway around 6:30 p.m. when he attempted to make a U-turn at the Damascus Road traffic signal. Hernandez's 2000 Ford pickup was struck by an oncoming Nissan Altima that then left the roadway and went onto the adjacent causeway beach, with its vehicle engine compartment engulfed in flames. The driver of the Altima, 54-year-old Marlene Val-Belcher, was pulled out of the vehicle by responding citizens before emergency personnel arrived, according to a City of Clearwater spokesperson. There were eight people …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Two adults and a 9-year-old boy suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
Update, 9:07 p.m.: The Courtney Campbell Causeway has reopened, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Earlier: A two-vehicle crash shut down traffic on the Courtney Campbell Causeway on Tuesday evening and left two adults and a child with serious injuries, authorities said. The eastbound side of the causeway is shut down, according to City of Clearwater spokesperson Elizabeth Watts. Westbound traffic is down to one lane but will be reopening momentarily, Watts said. Clearwater Fire & Rescue responded to the crash after a call came in at 6:34 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. A 26-year-old woman, a 23-year-old man and a 9-year-old boy suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a local hospital, along with a 28-year-old woman …
Monday, August 27, 2012
The Florida Highway Patrol urged motorists to use caution Monday morning as Tropical Storm Isaac brought rain and wind to the Clearwater area.
Monday, August 27, 2012
The Florida Highway Patrol reported standing water Monday morning in at least one lane of the Courtney Campbell Causeway, on the Clearwater side of the bridge. The obstruction was reported in the westbound left lane sometime before 6 a.m., as the FHP warned motorists to use caution. Rain and winds from Tropical Storm Isaac were pelting Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay area. There was a threat of isolated tornadoes and a possible storm surge of 1 to 3 feet above normal in the coastal areas at high tide, National Weather Service forecasters said Monday morning.
Friday, July 20, 2012
About eight to 10 manatees are mating in the shallow waters off the east side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
In Florida, maybe it's time to include manatees in the classic birds-and-the-bees talk. Clearwater Police were called with multiple reports of beached manatees on the eastside of the Courtney Campbell Causeway around 6 p.m. Thursday. Turns out the eight to 10 "sea cows" were mating in shallow water. Typically a single female cow is followed by up to a dozen bull manatees to form a mating herd, according to Save the Manatee Club, a nonprofit devoted to protecting the species. The manatees could breed and give birth any time of the year, but there is a spring-summer peak, according to the club. When officers got on scene they called Clearwater Marine Aquarium emergency staff to assist. The manatees were still mating off the causeway Friday. …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Yesterday's makeout point is today's memory.
As a pre-teen we made the drive over the Courtney Campbell Causeway roughly once a month, or so it seemed. We moved to Clearwater from New York and, as anyone who moves to Florida can tell you, we suddenly grew quite popular with extended family. That meant I went to Walt Disney World a lot. It also meant that we took many trips across Tampa Bay. When we did I loved to look for dolphins. This was, of course, before I realized dolphins in Florida waters are as common as cockroaches in a New York tenement, albeit with better PR. That didn't matter to the 8-year-old me, though: it was quite a charge to see that dorsal fin slicing through the green water. As a teenager I crossed the Courtney Campbell to get to the airport. Our merry band of …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
UPDATE: The Howard Frankland, Courtney Campbell and other area bridges are open. But troopers are keeping traffic off of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
UPDATE: The Sunshine Skyway Bridge will stay closed overnight Tuesday, as wind gusts are clocked at 50 mph, making travel across the four-mile span unsafe. ORIGINAL POST, TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Area bridges, shut down due to flooded roads and high winds, are all open now – except for the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, spanning Manatee and Pinellas counties. The attached photos show bridge conditions today on the Howard Frankland and Courtney Campbell, including crash surf. The Skyway Bridge has stayed closed since 4 p.m. Sunday because of wind gusts that clocked up to 55 mph. Wind speeds today are measuring 47 mph, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Officials say the prolonged closing is unprecedented in the bridge's history. The only other …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A 5.3 mile stretch of the scenic highway will be repaved, some sidewalks and a multi-use trail will also be added during the nearly year and a half project which starts April 22.
One of the area's scenic highways is about to get a facelift. Crews will be repaving a part of the Courtney Campball Causeway, adding sidewalks to a portion of it and a multi-use trail starting April 22. The $8.4 million project is expected to be finished summer 2013. Work to repave the 5.3 mile portion of the Courtney Campbell Causeway between the Pinellas County line to Rocky Point Drive will take place at night from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Drivers should use caution as some of the road could be rough and uneven during the work. There also could be lane closures. The work also includes: