Road construction at Bryan Dairy and Starkey roads near Seminole continues to generate an avalanche of mail asking whether the work will ever end.
Robert Kane summarizes the gist of most letters: "The project started last spring and has dragged on and on with no appreciation for the motorists that use these two intersecting roads daily. About three or four months ago they installed road barriers and closed down lanes to complete some drainage line work. … The contractor finally opened up a lane that they closed on Starkey going north, but still have sidewalks to complete and barriers are still along the road. They also shut down the westbound lane on Bryan Dairy just before the intersection months ago. While necessary during the construction work, this caused traffic backups, vehicle accidents … leading many motorists to take a short cut through a neighborhood street to avoid delay."
The project along Bryan Dairy near Starkey is set to wrap up this month, weather permitting.
If it seems like road work in this area has been never-ending, we should probably figure out a way to get used to it. A major project to improve Park Street/Starkey Road from 84th Lane N to Bryan Dairy is planned to begin toward the end of 2013. Ah, progress!
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Work along Park Street between 27th and 28th avenues N is expected to be completed at the end of the month, although recent severe weather has no doubt had an effect on progress to replace a water line. Be prepared for slowdowns and lane closures.
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Spring means county workers will be tending to landscaping that graces many of the medians on major roads countywide. Be alert for workers in medians in the next couple of weeks along 49th Street, 38th Avenue N, 102nd Avenue N, Bryan Dairy Road, 118th Avenue N, Park Boulevard, Alderman Road, Belcher Road, Keene Road, Sunset Point Road, Klosterman Road and East Lake Road.
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Free shuttle service is running throughout the weekend to and from the Funk Fest in downtown St. Petersburg. Service today will be available from 12:30 to 9 p.m. Park your ride in a downtown garage and catch the shuttle to the festival area at the following stops:
Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field parking lot and South Core parking garage on the east side of First Street just south of First Avenue S; BayWalk parking garage on the east side of First Street just south of First Avenue N (by the Hampton Inn & Suites); and Vinoy Park on the north side of Seventh Avenue NE west of Bayshore Drive. For a printable route map of the shuttle, visit StPeteTrolley.com and click on the Events tab.
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Baseball season has finally arrived and as in previous seasons, free shuttle service will be available to and from Tropicana Field on home game days through May 1 for folks who want to park downtown. Stops will be at Second Street between Central Avenue and First Avenue S, under the pedestrian bridge connecting the Bank of America Tower and South Core garage. Motorists can park in the South Core garage by entering from First Avenue S between First and Second streets. The shuttle will drop baseball fans off at 16th Street just south of Third Avenue S. Service begins about 90 minutes before each game and runs one hour after the game is over, with loops running about every 10 minutes or so. More dates will be added as the season progresses so always check the St. Pete Trolley website for dates, times, and more information at StPeteTrolley.com.
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