Friday, April 20, 2018
Public safety

Eastbound lanes of Pinellas Bayway bridge to close for minor explosion

ST. PETERSBURG

Eastbound Bayway lanes to close today

The eastbound lanes of the Pinellas Bayway bridge will be closed today while a state contractor removes portions of the old span below the roadway.

The lanes will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Florida Department of Transportation said. Workers plan to remove two drawbridge foundations with a minor underwater detonation.

Officials cautioned that residents near the Bayway may hear a loud boom but probably will not see the blast. All traffic will be stopped during the explosion.

Vehicles will be redirected to the Corey Causeway during the closure.

About 30 percent of the old bridge has already been removed, the transportation department said, and the structure is expected to be completely torn down by the end of summer.

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