Park Boulevard Bridge to be repaired this summer

Is it true that the Park Boulevard Bridge is going to be replaced?

No, but it will undergo significant upgrade work later this summer. The 34-year-old bridge, which connects the mainland to Indian Shores and Redington Shores, has been having mechanical problems. Some repairs were done last year, but more extensive work needs to be done. The work will take about 30 days to complete and require that the bridge stay in the open position through the duration of the project.

Suggested detour routes on and off the mainland are the Indian Rocks Causeway and Tom Stuart Causeway bridges. Once a firm start date is set, signs will direct motorists.

Do you know when construction is beginning for the Curlew Road overpass?

Construction of a new interchange on U.S. 19 at Republic Drive and Curlew Road is a few years away, according to Kris Carson of the state Department of Transportation, who says the design isn't complete and isn't expected to be finished until summer 2018.

As with the other new interchanges on U.S. 19, we do know that the project will eliminate the existing traffic signals and provide uninterrupted traffic flow on U.S. 19. An additional overpass that will facilitate U-turns on the frontage roads between State Road 580 and Curlew Road will be provided near Northside Drive. For more about the U.S. 19 corridor improvement project — which runs from Pinellas to Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties — go to www.myus19.com.

Barricade watch

• Sidewalk construction along 62nd Avenue N from Fourth Street to 30th Street that began in February is expected to wrap up at the end of this month.

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Park Boulevard Bridge to be repaired this summer 06/04/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 4:51pm]

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