There are message boards on Park Street near Park Boulevard saying that Augusta Boulevard is closed until Oct. 3. Do you have any idea what the reason for this might be?
The closure that began this week is for upgrades to the roadway as well as drainage and utility improvements. In the meantime, motorists should follow the posted message detour signs and use Burning Tree Drive as an alternate route. The work is scheduled to be completed on Monday.
Walk to school day
Wednesday, Oct. 5, is International Walk to School Day. The event is intended to encourage walking and biking to and from school and raise community awareness of the need for safe routes to schools. Motorists should be on high alert for increased pedestrian traffic early in the morning in neighborhoods and around schools. Many schools throughout Pinellas County are expected to participate in the annual event, so drivers, please be prepared to slow down for groups that may be walking unfamiliar routes.
Get updates on regional projects
The Gandy Boulevard overpass project has prompted a lot of readers to inquire about the Gateway Expressway project and long-range plans for the Gateway area. Check out the Forward Pinellas website at forwardpinellas.org for overviews of regional transportation projects that include the Gateway/mid-county area as well as U.S. 19 and the beaches.
• On the Sunshine Skyway bridge and Bunces Pass Bridge, ongoing repairs may require one lane to be closed in each direction of I-275/U.S. 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
Events in downtown Clearwater this weekend will mean road closures:
• The Brighthouse SuperBoat National Championship will close the Drew Street extension from Cleveland Street to Osceola Avenue through Sunday. Traffic will be detoured via Myrtle Avenue.
• The Rock the Block festival will close Cleveland Street from Osceola Avenue to Garden Avenue on Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. Traffic will be detoured via Drew Street.
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