Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Gulf Boulevard paving project in St. Pete Beach has been delayed

Can you advise how long the current repaving of Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach will continue? I also heard a rumor that there is more involved construction to be performed at this location.

Harold Butler

There's plenty of asphalt and barricade fatigue to go around on St. Pete Beach, judging by the volume of emails and phone calls coming in to the Doc on this one.

Here's a quick overview of the project: First, Gulf Boulevard is a state road, so this is a state (not city) project. Florida's Department of Transportation announced this summer that Gulf Boulevard (State Road 699), between the Corey Causeway (State Road 693) and Bayway (State Road 682) in St. Pete Beach was set to be repaved. The 2.5-mile project includes resurfacing the road and replacement of sections of sidewalk deemed to be in need of replacement.

The work and lane closures were initially planned to take place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning in August. Weather-related delays pushed the start date of preliminary work to early September.

St. Pete Beach released a statement last week that in response to the city's request, the DOT agreed to transition to a night schedule to relieve the daytime congestion and delays for the remainder of the Gulf Boulevard project. Paving activity will shift to overnight operations beginning Sunday. Overnight work will continue for a few weeks as asphalt is poured and nudged into place.

Not sure what the rumors of "more involved construction" might be about, but keep in mind that as with all major repaving projects, there are always corresponding details and upgrade projects, such as traffic signal installation, new signs, and underground utility work.

The latest completion date available for the $2.9 million project is sometime around the end of this year.

One more pointer: St. Pete Beach is providing the public with regular updates as well as a weekly schedule and timeline for each segment to be repaved via its website. Read the latest at http://bit.ly/1Xt7zvT or check out the "SPB Connect" app for smartphones to get the latest information and alerts regarding lane closures.

Barricade watch

Dunedin has announced that Railroad Avenue W between Honey Lane and Scotland Street will close this week for underground construction and remain closed until Jan. 1.

Look out for ghosts and goblins: Saturday is Halloween. Please be extra cautious when driving. Watch out for trick-or-treaters, and if you don't need to be on the road once dusk arrives, even better.

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

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