I'm inquiring about the paving of Sixth Avenue S adjacent to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. I am concerned about the paving over of our historic brick roadway and want to know why it was done. Was historic preservation considered? Is it even a concern on the part of the city?
The city established policies in 1992 regarding the maintenance of St. Petersburg streets paved with historic Augusta Block bricks.
The policy calls for the preservation of streets paved with brick that have not been previously covered with asphalt. Those streets are to be maintained with brick. Brick streets that were paved over with asphalt prior to 1992 are to be repaved with asphalt whenever resurfacing is required.
The current project along Sixth Avenue S from First to Third streets is an example of a brick street that was covered with asphalt before 1992, according to Tom Gibson, engineering director of the city's engineering and capital improvements department.
The project along this section of Sixth Avenue S, which includes asphalt resurfacing, is a City Trails bicycle pedestrian trail improvement, which includes the installation of new landscaped medians and pedestrian enhancements. The work is being done in cooperation with USF St. Petersburg, Gibson said, and should be completed this month.
Do you think Florida will ever honor E-Z Passes from up North? With all the visitors it seems to make sense.
Florida does not accept the E-Z Pass on its toll roads. Although the E-Z Pass is accepted in many states and in Canada, it is not compatible with Florida's SunPass system, which was purchased in the 1990s.
At the time, SunPass offered features that Florida's Turnpike authorities were looking for and the cost of the SunPass system cost millions of dollars less than others.
At some point, the SunPass system will likely become compatible with other states, when toll collection technology renders various systems around the country interoperable.
In the meantime, out-of-state motorists who are not SunPass customers can pass through Florida's tolling plazas without stopping — tolling plaza cameras will take a photo of the vehicle's license plate and mail a "Toll-by-Plate" monthly invoice for the tolls plus a $2.50 administrative charge to the registered owner of the vehicle.
For more information on SunPass, visit floridas turnpike.com.
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