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Ask Dr. Delay: What's happening at I-275 exit at 22nd Avenue N?

Readers have asked what's going on with the 22nd Avenue N exit off Interstate 275. Signs have been in place for several days alerting motorists to a closure, and folks are wondering what's happening and where.

Repairs to the CSX railroad crossing at 22nd Avenue N will close the road from 22nd to 25th Streets N starting Monday until sometime Thursday with local access only, which means 22nd Avenue N will remain open to local traffic with access to businesses east and west of the railroad crossing, says Tom Gibson, the city's engineering director.

"Eastbound 22nd Avenue N thru-traffic should follow the detour signs to 38th Avenue N for access to I-275 from west of the interstate, or local roads east of the interstate. All interstate entrance and exit ramps at 22nd Avenue N will remain open; motorists attempting to go west of the interstate on 22nd Avenue will be directed to alternate detour routes by message boards," Gibson wrote in an email.

The CSX project is about a month behind schedule, and weather is also a consideration, so these dates are tentative.

There is construction work being done at Park Street between Fifth and Ninth avenues N opposite Admiral Farragut Academy. The road has had two lanes eliminated and sometimes only one lane open with flagmen directing traffic. Can you tell me what is going on and the projected length of the job?

Bob Thompson

Workers are dismantling the small aging bridge on Park Street between Fifth and Ninth avenues. It will be replaced with a pair of box culverts, which will improve drainage in that location, says Brian Mowry, a project coordinator with Pinellas County. The work will be completed in two phases in order to maintain traffic flow. The alternative was to close the road altogether, which was not a viable solution, Mowry said.

"We had to go with doing the work in sections and to ensure it's done safely, we had to reduce the road to two lanes," Mowry said. "But Park Street will remain open to traffic throughout the construction, with the west side completed first followed by the east side."

The project began last month and is projected to be completed in May 2014.

Barricade watch

Repair work continues along Park Boulevard from Seminole Boulevard to Seminole Isles Boulevard due to the failure of a sewer pipe in front of the Home Depot store. The eastbound curb lane is closed and heavy equipment is on-site. Alerts from Pinellas County's traffic engineering department say motorists should expect significant delays and congestion, although most of the work is being done at night. Suggested detour routes are Seminole Boulevard, Starkey Road/Park Street and 102nd Avenue N/Bryan Dairy Road. Work is expected to continue for another two weeks; the estimated completion date is July 26.

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Ask Dr. Delay: What's happening at I-275 exit at 22nd Avenue N? 07/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 12, 2013 1:28pm]
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