Sunday, July 15, 2018
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Gandy Boulevard project ahead of schedule

We are snowbirds and wondering what workers are doing on Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg between the Howard Frankland Bridge and Gandy Boulevard and when the repairs will be completed?

This is the Gandy Boulevard Project, which runs along Gandy from Fourth Street to 16th Street. The good news is that the project is currently running ahead of schedule, according to the latest from the Pinellas Planning Council/Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization. The project is planned to be completed a year from now, which means that in the spring of 2017, drivers will pass over 16th Street, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and Fourth Street N without having to stop for a traffic signal. In addition to the new overpass for motorists, the $83.7 million state Department of Transportation project includes new sidewalks, bicycle lanes and accommodations for a future trail facility.

Public meetings planned

Doc Delay readers have lots of ideas and opinions about transportation needs; here's your chance to get them heard: the Pinellas Planning Council and Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization will host sessions in April and May to gather comments from the public regarding plans for transportation and development in three key areas: the U.S. 19 corridor, mid-county Gateway area and gulf beach access. If you have concerns or comments about these specific areas as they relate to land use, transportation issues, and needs for the future, plan to attend. RSVPs are requested, and property owners or those who have business interests in these areas who wish to participate in the sessions are asked to contact Tina Jablon of the MPO at [email protected] prior to the meeting. The topics and locations of the public sessions are:

U.S. 19 N: 8 to 10 a.m. April 11 at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus, Room E.S. 104 2465 Drew St.

U.S. 19 S: 4 to 6 p.m. April 11 at the St. Petersburg College Allstate Campus, De Soto Room 3200 34th St. S.

Gulf beach access: 9 to 11 a.m. May 3 at Madeira Beach City Hall 300 Municipal Drive.

Master plan for Gateway/mid-county: 8 to 10 a.m. May 16 at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center 4951 78th Ave..

Barricade watch

• Closure of westbound lanes of State Road 580 from Landmark Drive to McMullen-Booth Road are expected to last until next week for repair work on the leaking water main at Charles Avenue. In the meantime, follow established detours.

• In Largo, the ongoing 14-mile city sewer improvement project will close westbound Ponce de Leon Boulevard next to the Pinellas Trail to Clearwater/Largo Road. The closure is scheduled to be in effect until April 4. Alternate routes are Rosery Road NW, Indian Rocks Road, and Belleview Boulevard.

Other road closures related to the project:

• Full closure of Seacrest Drive at Keene Park Drive through April 15; use Fulton Drive NE as a detour route.

• 150th Avenue N from U.S. 19 to 49th Street, lane closures now through April 30; detour via Roosevelt Boulevard or Ulmerton Road.

• Newport Road from 150th Avenue and Hidden Oaks Drive, lane closures now through April 30; detour via East Bay Drive or Ulmerton Road.

Email Dr. Delay at [email protected] or snail mail to P.O. Box 4954, Seminole FL 33775, to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions. Follow @AskDrDelay.

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