ST. PETERSBURG — The drive along Fourth Street N should be a lot smoother in a few months. The repaving of the roadway, from Gandy Boulevard to Fifth Avenue N, is expected to be complete by fall, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
The $6.7 million project includes replacing sidewalks throughout the 10-mile stretch so they comply with Americans With Disabilities Act requirements. Workers also have upgraded drainage between 13th and 20th avenues N.
"They promised me (the drainage phase) would take three weeks, and they were done in three weeks," said Todd Murrian, owner of Bob Lee's Tire Co. at 1631 Fourth St. N. "I actually had an experience as good as you can have with progress."
Like other businesses along his stretch of the street, it was harder for customers to access his store when the drainage work was in progress, but he said the paving hasn't affected his business at all.
"Other than maybe I got a few alignment jobs out of it," Murrian quipped.