LARGO — As many as about 40,000 vehicles travel along West Bay Drive each day.
City and county officials plan a series of projects over the next five years that seek to make the area safer and encourage visitors to use bicycles or walk.
The first of those projects took another step forward recently when city commissioners approved a $344,631 design contract to a Clearwater-based engineering firm as part of a plan to improve the downtown section of West Bay Drive.
According to city senior engineer Barry Westmark, the $2.3 million project on the half-mile section of West Bay Drive between Missouri Avenue and Clearwater-Largo Road will repair the pavement and include up to two midblock crossings, ramps for the disabled, the replacement of damaged sidewalk and repair ramps and driveway/business entrance aprons.
The design firm, Pennoni Associates, also will evaluate the street lighting and determine if there is a need for improvements.
Construction is slated to begin in 2019.