Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ask Dr. Delay: Update on major Pinellas County road projects

Travelers on Ulmerton Road in Largo are used to delays and rerouting caused by road work. Work is expected to last two more years on the $20 million project.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Travelers on Ulmerton Road in Largo are used to delays and rerouting caused by road work. Work is expected to last two more years on the $20 million project.

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.

Barricade watch

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.

Email Dr. Delay at docdelay@gmail.com to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions or follow Dr. Delay on Twitter @AskDrDelay.

Ask Dr. Delay: Update on major Pinellas County road projects 11/21/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 22, 2013 11:32am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Muslims thankful for support after rant, deadly attack

    Crime

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Muslims in Portland, Ore., thanked the community for its support and said they were raising money for the families of two men who were killed when they came to the defense of two young women — one wearing a hijab — who were targeted by an anti-Muslim rant.

    Jeremy Christian is accused of killing 2 men who stepped in as he berated two women.
  2. Following Trump's trip, Merkel says Europe can't rely on U.S. anymore

    Politics

    LONDON — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Donald Trump last week, saying that Europe "really must take our fate into our own hands."

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, shown speaking with President Trump last week, says Europe “must take our fate into our own hands.”
  3. Seven children, 1 to 10, seriously injured when driver loses control on I-4

    Accidents

    TAMPA — Seven young passengers 1 to 10 years old were seriously injured when the driver of a Chevrolet Suburban lost control, causing the vehicle to flip and hit a fence on Interstate 4 just east of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 29-June 4

    Events

    Memorial Day: Among the free events paying tribute to fallen soldiers today is the Bay Pines VA Memorial Day Ceremony in St. Petersburg, with speakers including Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Charlie Christ, musical performances, a rifle salute and taps. (727) 319-6479 . The Florida National Cemetery …

    Young blonde boy carrying an American Flag over a wooden Bridge.
  5. Sheriff's Office: Drug dispute preceded fatal Largo motel shooting

    Crime

    LARGO — A fight over drugs preceded the shooting death of a 47-year-old man Thursday night at a Largo motel, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

    Angel E. Martinez, 24, is accused in the shooting death of Ricky Garland, 47, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. [Pinellas County Jail]