Now that seasonal residents are returning to the area, we've received many inquiries about the status of major road projects around the county. Here are updates on some of the most frequently asked about sites:
• Pinellas Bayway bridge replacement: The project, which began in February 2012, is on track to be completed in October 2014. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday each week and flagging personnel in the roadway during construction.
• Gulf Boulevard from Colony Circle to 183rd Terrace W in Redington Shores and North Redington Beach: The state Department of Transportation's one-year repaving project, which requires daily lane closures, began in May and is scheduled to finish next May.
• Fourth Street from Fifth Avenue N to Koger Boulevard: The DOT began repaving Fourth Street this summer. The work requires nightly lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and daytime closures from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A completion date has not been set.
• Bryan Dairy Road and Starkey Road: This intersection improvement project started in April and is expected to be completed next May. Work requires occasional lane closures during the day with flaggers controlling traffic as needed.
• Ulmerton Road between 38th Street and Interstate 275: Work to widen Ulmerton to three through-lanes in each direction, including widening of Roosevelt Boulevard between 28th Avenue and Ulmerton Road, is expected to last two more years. The $20 million project will also add sidewalks on the north side of Ulmerton Road and along the south side of the road between 38th and 34th streets between Egret Boulevard and Mercury Insurance. Much of the construction work and lane closures take place at night, but motorists should be prepared for detours and traffic delays. The expected completion is sometime in the spring of 2016.
• U.S. 19 N from Countryside Boulevard to E Live Oak Street: This project, which includes road resurfacing and traffic signal upgrades at Nebraska Avenue, started in September and is scheduled to wrap up next October. Motorists should expect daily and nightly delays as well as intermittent lane closures.
• In Clearwater, Betty Lane from Union Street to Sunset Point Road will be closed to traffic through mid December due to utility and sewer work including manhole and pipe installation. Detour routes include Sunset Point Road and Douglas Avenue.
Also in Clearwater, the northbound curb lane of Fort Harrison Avenue from Marshall to Engman Streets will be closed daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for driveway, curb and sidewalk modifications. Work should be completed in early January.
Today's Women's Running Half Marathon, which starts and ends at Albert Whitted Park, will affect traffic downtown and along the course route from 7 a.m. until approximately noon. Officials expect about 5,000 participants and roads will remain closed along the race route until runners have completed the race. The route will take athletes north on Bayshore Drive up to the Snell Isle Bridge, through Snell Isle to 34th Avenue N and First Street. The return route will be along Coffee Pot Boulevard NE, west on Second Avenue NE to Mirror Lake, then south on Sixth Street to Central Avenue. It will continue west on Central Avenue to 26th Street, go down to First Avenue S, then east on First Avenue S to First Street. Parking restrictions will be posted along the race course.
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