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Ask Dr. Delay: Skyway Trail bike path reopens

Here's a question that if you can find an answer to, it will be appreciated by many: Along 58th Avenue S, west of 34th Street, the road has been under construction since last spring with little or no work being done. It is barely possible to drive on, and where it meets the Skyway bike path, it has been closed since last spring — no bikes can get through. The bike path opened about a year before that and was quite popular. The government or city or some entity spent zillions to build the bike path, but it has been closed since last spring. Why can't they make a small path for bikes and pedestrians? Is there any completion date planned?

Jack Keefe

This segment of the Skyway Trail closed because of a major sewer main project. The trail pavement work was completed last week and the Skyway Trail has been reopened.

Here's the background: The trail was temporarily closed because the sewer project crosses under Interstate 275 at 58th Avenue S.

The pipe replacement work required that 30-foot vertical shafts be constructed on each side of I-275 to accommodate horizontal boring under I-275. The boring work was completed in October, and the sewer piping was completed and tested earlier this month.

Although things have progressed to the point that the trail could be safely reopened, Tom Gibson, the city's director of engineering, says that work will continue through January and February at this location until it's fully completed sometime in March.

Read more about St. Petersburg's City Trails program for bicyclists and pedestrians on the city website at transportation /citytrails.

I can't figure out if the DOT is building an overpass at U.S. 19 and Enterprise or just a redesign. Will Enterprise still be closed at U.S. 19?

Brian Smith

The intersection of Enterprise Road and U.S. 19 N is permanently closed.

As year-round residents know, the traffic signal at the intersection was removed this past spring. The $17 million construction project to improve the U.S. 19 N corridor between Sunset Point Road and Countryside Boulevard calls for construction of a permanent concrete barrier in the median of U.S. 19; left turns from Enterprise Road onto U.S. 19 are no longer permitted, nor may traffic cross 19 at Enterprise.

Westbound motorists on Enterprise who want to head south on 19 will have to first turn right onto U.S. 19 and head north to Countryside Boulevard, where they will make a U-turn under U.S. 19 to merge into southbound traffic. The project is set to wrap up sometime in the summer of 2015.

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Law enforcement officers launched the statewide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown this month to get impaired drivers off the road during the holidays. Stepped-up enforcement patrols and sobriety checkpoints will be in effect through Jan. 1.

Barricade watch

• Most road construction projects have been suspended by state and local authorities during the holidays; motorists should expect work to resume Jan. 2.

• Installation of the intelligent traffic management system (TMS/ITS) along East Bay Drive/Roosevelt Boulevard /West Bay Drive from Gulf Boulevard to Airport Road is set to be completed Jan. 11. In the meantime, lane closures and delays from midnight to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday will continue.

Email Dr. Delay at [email protected] to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions or follow Dr. Delay on Twitter @AskDrDelay.

Ask Dr. Delay: Skyway Trail bike path reopens 12/26/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 27, 2013 9:10am]
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