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Updated: 12/05/2013 08:00:08AM

Fuel cleanup squeezes traffic

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Florida Department of Transportation crews were busy all day Wednesday cleaning up the mess left by Monday’s four-vehicle crash, which ruptured a dump truck’s gas tank, spilling about 80 gallons of diesel fuel just off U.S. 41 on West Tarpon Boulevard. Workers first had to scrape off the asphalt that absorbed the fuel, which causes it to soften over time. Then they grind up the material before loading it onto a conveyor belt into waiting trucks to haul it away. A new patch of asphalt then is laid. The cleanup, which created traffic backups on southbound U.S. 41, should be finished by today.

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Florida Department of Transportation crews were busy all day Wednesday cleaning up the mess left by Monday’s four-vehicle crash, which ruptured a dump truck’s gas tank, spilling about 80 gallons of diesel fuel just off U.S. 41 on West Tarpon Boulevard. Workers first had to scrape off the asphalt that absorbed the fuel, which causes it to soften over time. Then they grind up the material before loading it onto a conveyor belt into waiting trucks to haul it away. A new patch of asphalt then is laid. The cleanup, which created traffic backups on southbound U.S. 41, should be finished by today.

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