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Ask Dr. Delay: When will Belcher road work be done?

Is there any way to find out when the Belcher Road resurfacing will be completed? They have not been working for the past few days and the side streets and a few of the center turn lanes are not paved, although they have been milled down.

Just in time for the holidays, the paving of Belcher Road has been completed. Project supervisor Richard Gildea says the work crew is operating at night right now, which explains why there hasn't been visible activity during the day. County workers are addressing some final items on the project wrapup list, including some cleaning up, but things should be smooth sailing from here on out.

Free tow for the tipsy

Several readers have inquired about AAA's DUI prevention program, "Tow to Go," a longtime partnership between the auto club and Bud Light that provides free, no-questions-asked rides home for over-imbibers and their vehicles during the holidays.

The program is indeed available again this year through Jan. 1 throughout the Tampa Bay area, and it provides a confidential ride and vehicle tow home from any bar or restaurant free of charge to motorists who may have had too much to drink. Participating tow trucks can take up to two people home if needed, but this isn't a limo service. Please designate a sober driver before you head out for holiday parties. Tow to Go does not take reservations and should be the phone call of last resort. The toll-free number is 1-855-286-9246 or 1-855-2TOW2GO. For more information, visit

Barricade watch

• Work to repair and upgrade sidewalks along 38th Avenue N from 66th to 58th streets requiring intermittent lane closures, and delays will continue until Jan. 16.

• Sidewalk repairs and upgrades along 62nd Avenue N from 30th to 34th streets that started in October are scheduled to wrap up by Dec. 31. Motorists should continue to expect lane closures, delays and flagging personnel in the roadway.

• In Pinellas Park, the southbound curb lane of 49th Street is closed at 110th Avenue N for work to add a left-turn lane for eastbound traffic on 110th.

• Installation of the intelligent traffic management system along East Bay Drive/Roosevelt Boulevard/West Bay Drive from Gulf Boulevard to Airport Road, which started in April, should be complete in mid January. In the meantime, lane closures and delays from midnight to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday will continue.

• State Department of Transportation work on the recreational trail along the Courtney Campbell Causeway from McMullen-Booth Road to the Hillsborough County line, including milling and resurfacing of the road and guard rail replacement, will continue until October 2015. The work requires nightly lane closures.

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Ask Dr. Delay: When will Belcher road work be done? 12/19/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 20, 2013 12:36pm]
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