Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ask Dr. Delay: U.S. 19 in Clearwater getting several upgrades

Just in time for spring break, here's an update on the state Department of Transportation project to restructure U.S. 19 in Clearwater from just north of Whitney Road to north of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

First, traffic lanes were reduced last week from two lanes southbound and three lanes northbound down to two lanes in both directions at U.S. 19 and Gulf-to-Bay.

This shift is to accommodate the project to replace the existing bridge over Gulf-to-Bay.

The work will also include removing the signals on U.S. 19 between Whitney and Gulf-to-Bay, which will be replaced by new interchanges at Belleair Road and Seville Boulevard. This will create a smooth-sailing corridor free of traffic signals from 49th Street to Sunset Point Road.

Frontage road traffic will be able to continue across Gulf-to-Bay as bridge construction takes place, and the existing turning movements will be maintained.

The new bridge will be built in two phases starting with the southbound side. The DOT says each phase will take approximately 16 months with the planned completion scheduled for the summer or fall of 2014.

For those of you keeping track, the project began in November 2009 and will cost close to $127 million. Check out mockups of what the new and improved 2.7-mile stretch will look like at

St. Petersburg's 28th Street will be resurfaced soon

Readers who traverse 28th Street N in St. Petersburg have been hitting the Doc up for any information we might be able to track down on plans to resurface the road.

Reader Chris Lee wrote: "We are concerned about the pavement along 28th Street as it intersects with the pavement of 22nd Avenue N. There is such a bad dip there that you just about hit bottom! I drive a pretty heavy car, and I can't imagine how it jolts a smaller car or someone on a motorcycle or bike."

We touched base with Thomas Gibson, the city's director of engineering. He told us that 28th Street from Ninth Avenue N to 23rd Avenue N is scheduled for resurfacing sometime in the next six months.

"The pavement conditions and grades at the intersection of 22nd Avenue N will be improved as much as possible during the resurfacing process, while maintaining the street drainage function," he said.

Plan for delays on Belcher around golf tournament

North county commuters should plan for slowdowns on Belcher Road between Alderman Road and Klosterman Road today and the rest of the week as the Transitions Championship PGA golf tournament takes place at the Innisbrook Golf Resort. The event is expected to draw plenty of spectators, which translates to congestion and delays, so plan accordingly.

Expect work on Frankland Bridge on Monday, Tuesday

Be alert to the presence of workers on the Howard Frankland Bridge and closure of southbound/westbound lanes from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday night going into Tuesday morning.

Email Ask Dr. Delay at [email protected] to share traffic concerns, comments and questions or follow Dr. Delay on Twitter @AskDrDelay. Questions may be edited for space and clarity.

Ask Dr. Delay: U.S. 19 in Clearwater getting several upgrades 03/10/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 10, 2012 3:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Datz to open in St. Petersburg, join the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art

    Food & Dining

    Now Datz news.

    Get it? Tuesday, Datz, the longtime line-out-the-door, oft-Instagrammed and -Yelped Tampa stalwart known for shock-and-awe sandwiches and oh-so-much bacon, announced it is coming to St. Petersburg.

    Lunch guest eat at Datz Deli at 2616 South MacDill Ave. in Tampa. Times files.
  2. Republican leader McConnell pulls the plug on latest Obamacare repeal effort

    WASHINGTON --- Sen. Mitch McConnell on Tuesday officially pulled the plug on the latest plan to repeal the health care law, telling senators they will not vote on the measure and effectively admitting defeat in the last-gasp drive to fulfill a core promise of President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, after the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary. DeVos was approved by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) DCSA119
  3. Lightning's Brayden Point could be perfect fit alongside Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov

    Lightning Strikes

    SUNRISE — Brayden Point ended last season as the Lightning's No. 1 center, thrust into the role as a rookie due to injuries.

    Lightning center Brayden Point (21) advances the puck through the neutral zone during Friday's preseason game against the Nashville Predators. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  4. For starters: Rays at Yankees, with Blake Snell starting, Wilson Ramos cashing in


    The Rays open their final road series of the season tonight at Yankee Stadium, which is also where they played their first of the season.

    LHP Blake Snell will be on the mound for the Rays, looking to continue his successful late-season run, in which he is 4-0, 2,57 over his last eight starts.

    Tonight marks Wilson Ramos' 55th start of the season.
  5. Cannon Fodder podcast: Considering Gerald McCoy's comments


    Greg Auman talks about Gerald McCoy's comments — both about fan criticism online and Donald Trump — in the latest episode of our Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Gerald McCoy, front, said Monday that he would love to have a conversation with any of the fans who take to social media to criticize him and his Bucs teammates. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]