Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Stretches of new Gandy overpass open to traffic; summer completion expected

Newsart graphic:

Newsart graphic:

ST. PETERSBURG — After three years of construction on Gandy Boulevard, part of the road project meant to ease congestion west of Gandy Bridge has been opened to traffic.

Two of three eastbound lanes opened at the end of December and two of three westbound lanes opened Feb. 10 — both part of a new 1.23-mile elevated portion of the road west of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N.

Overall, the $83 million, 2.5-mile Florida Department of Transportation project is on schedule and will be completed by midsummer barring any setbacks due to weather, said Marty Sanchez, a senior project manager with the department.

A year ago, officials said the project was ahead of schedule and predicted a spring completion.

When it's finished, six elevated lanes — three in each direction — will run from Interstate 275 east to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. The elevated road will then continue as four lanes — two in each direction — from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street to Fourth Street.

New overpasses will be located on 94th Avenue N, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and at Roosevelt Boulevard and Fourth Street.

The project will also include a grass median, and pedestrian and cycling paths.

This stretch of Gandy Boulevard averages over 40,000 vehicles a day.

Whether the newly opened stretch has provided traffic relief yet was up for debate Wednesday among some of those who use it.

Milton Jones, 27, leasing manager for the Epic at Gateway Centre Apartments nearby, drives the new lanes to work from Tampa between 8 and 9 a.m. and says no.

But a customer at a WaWa convenience store in the area, 40-year-old Cameron Eustice of Land O'Lakes, said his drive to visit his mother nearby was "absolutely easier."

"She'll get her coffee sooner today," he said.

Staff writer Waveney Ann Moore contributed to this report. Contact Paul Guzzo at or (813) 226-3394. Follow @PGuzzoTimes.

Stretches of new Gandy overpass open to traffic; summer completion expected 02/16/17 [Last modified: Saturday, February 18, 2017 7:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Hillsborough and Pinellas officials can't even agree that they agreed to meet

    Local Government

    Tampa Bay political leaders often tout taking a regional approach to solve the region's most pressing issues. But the challenge has been getting Hillsborough and Pinellas County leaders together on the same page.

    Or in this case, in the same room.

    This month Hillsborough County administrator Mike Merrill (above) nixed a joint meeting of the Hillsborough and Pinellas County Commissions. But Pinellas County Commission chair Janet Long said her Hillsborough counterpart, Stacy White, had already agreed to two meetings. [DANIEL WALLACE   |   Times]
  2. Ex-sheriff's official says sheriff intentionally hid federal inmate revenue from county

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The former third-in-command at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office has filed a complaint, alleging that Sheriff Al Nienhuis intentionally hid from the County Commission $1.3 million in revenue he collected from housing federal inmates last year.

    OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times  Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said he was "extremely disappointed'' to hear of James Terry's allegations about the sheriff's handling of federal inmate dollars and noted that Terry was "offered the opportunity to resign from his position at the Sheriff's Office when numerous complaints as to his unprofessional conduct began flowing into the front office.''
  3. Fewer minions make things better in 'Despicable Me 3'


    Despicable Me 3 doubles down on Steve Carell's silly way with words, a smart idea after too much Minions gibberish spoiled part 2. They're still here, in smaller doses and somewhat funnier for it.

     voiced by Trey Parker, in a scene from "Despicable Me 3."  (Illumination and Universal Pictures via AP)
  4. After Rick Scott veto, Tarpon Springs renews push for money to dredge Anclote River

    Local Government

    In a pocket formed at the end of a branch of the Anclote River, Kevin Meisman has seen the size of the boats coming by his family's business get smaller.

    Kevin Meisman, 37, looks out from the dock of his family’s business, Quality T-Tops & Boat Accessories, in Tarpon Springs. Meisman says that, without dredging along the Anclote River, the number of boats he can service is limited.
  5. Senator Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa