Thursday, June 21, 2018
Transportation

Ask Dr. Delay: Road closure dates back to Tropical Storm Debby

Can you tell me exactly what is being done on 94th Avenue between Antilles and 131st Street? The road has been closed since Tropical Storm Debby.

Jim Hebbel

Part of the roadway at 94th Avenue and 134th Way N in Seminole collapsed during Debby. This was caused by a damaged sewer manhole that went undetected before the deluge of rainfall. Pinellas County's environment and infrastructure department told us a contractor has been asked to repair both the collapsed road segment and the manhole that caused the mess. The delay is due to the complexity of the job and the sewer line's location, which is apparently quite deep. The work that needs to be done is well below the water table.

Steve Allen of Pinellas County utilities summed it up in an email last week: "To put it in perspective, if you dig down a few feet in Pinellas County the hole will eventually fill with standing water (depending on soil conditions) and this repair is well over 10 feet in depth. Therefore the roadway required closing for quite a while and a bypass assembly has been set up. We've had a few inquiries from the fire department and neighboring properties but the repair can't be done any faster than it is currently taking. The work is being done as quickly as possible.''

Barricade watch

• Seminole Boulevard will be closed to through traffic between East Bay/West Bay Drive and Eighth Avenue to allow for the replacement of the CSX railroad crossing. The closure, which began last week, is tentatively scheduled to last one week, "weather permitting.'' Traffic will be detoured using Clearwater Largo Road/Ridge Road.

• Road closures that began last week near downtown Dunedin are due to a water main replacement and will run through September, say engineers with Pinellas County. Both northbound Douglas Avenue from Main Street to Skinner and Virginia Lane from Main Street to Douglas will remain closed until Sept. 14, weather permitting. A portion of southbound Douglas may be detoured through city parking lots to Monroe Street and back to Douglas. Watch for detour signs.

• Work to install disabled-compliant ramps at sidewalks along 49th Street from 70th Avenue N to 86th Avenue N in Pinellas Park should wrap up at the end of this month.

• Ramp improvements to sidewalks along 54th Avenue N from Park Street to U.S. 19/34th Street N in St. Petersburg will require intermittent lane closures and may cause delays starting Aug. 27. The work is scheduled to wrap up in late October. Be alert to workers and flaggers in the roadway.

• The St. Petersburg Police Department has posted information on its website about security restrictions and road closures that will affect St. Petersburg during the Republican National Convention Aug. 26-30. Several streets and parking lots in St. Petersburg will be closed or restricted, including areas near Tropicana Field, Mirror Lake and the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. The detailed public document can be viewed at stpete.org/police.

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