Thursday, January 18, 2018
Transportation

Bryan Dairy work is a temporary fix

They did some sort of repair on Bryan Dairy Road after it was paved east of the railroad tracks almost in front of TD Bank. The patched area appears like it was done by some amateur. Driving over it feels like they didn't put enough asphalt on and it is lower and rougher than the rest of the road. What a way to ruin a nice new road. Is there a way to correct this problem?

Jerry Klos

Unfortunately, after a multiyear project to improve Bryan Dairy Road, a water line break occurred just after construction was completed.

The Doc checked in with the county's public works folks to inquire about what's happening in this location and learned that the current rough patch is a temporary repair.

"Similar to the leak repair we made on McMullen-Booth Road this past spring/summer, the patch repair for the waterline leak on this arterial road is only temporary. Waiting a period of time will enable any settlement in the base material that might occur to occur," said county engineering supervisor Joe DeMoss. The temporary patch is being watched and once engineers are certain that conditions are stable, the stretch of road will be milled and a larger permanent patch will be applied. Workers will finalize the asphalt repair in coordination with upcoming paving work to the west at the intersection of Bryan Dairy/Starkey Road.

Doc, can you please help shed some light on the stalled bridge work that was being done near Mastry's Bait & Tackle at 17th Avenue S and Fourth Street? Construction was completed on the west side of the bridge but there appears to be no work being done on the east side of the roadway. The only traffic allowed now is southbound through the one narrow lane and northbound is still forced east on 18th Avenue S. There seems to be no end in sight in this fiasco of a construction job. I'm wondering if they even have a prospective date for completion.

Laroyh Harris

We checked in with Thomas Gibson, St. Petersburg's director of engineering, who acknowledged that the project is indeed a few months behind schedule.

The contractor doing the work completed the west half of Fourth Street S at Salt Creek bridge this past January, then began demolition of the east half of the bridge. The next phase of work required relocation of the overhead power lines along the east side of Fourth Street, which is necessary to allow vertical and horizontal clearance for the crane to work on the east side of the bridge.

Delay on the part of Progress Energy in getting the power lines relocated has set the project back, according to Gibson. The work was completed last week.

"The Progress Energy crew scheduling is beyond our control, and often affected by other priorities related to maintenance of their system and crew availability. Bridge construction has now resumed, and the current plan is to complete the east half of the bridge by June 15," Gibson wrote in an email last week.

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