My family owns the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant and guests ask my staff this question about the Pinellas Bayway replacement: In 2013, once the pilings and caps were poured, the road closures were not as frequent. Will that be the case in 2014?
The nighttime work of pouring concrete is ongoing, but once all of the substructure pours have been completed, lane closures will take place less often, says Kris Carson of the state Department of Transportation. In the meantime, motorists should expect intermittent daily lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with flagging personnel in the roadway. The bridge replacement project, which began in February 2012, is scheduled to be completed in October.
The new traffic light at Eckerd College on 54th Avenue S will begin operating in a couple of weeks, but I haven't seen any sign of a pedestrian crosswalk or crossing light. My wife and I visit Eckerd College frequently and would like to walk if there were a safe place to cross 54th Avenue, which doesn't exist now. We believe there are others like us, including at least one blind person. Will there be any provision for pedestrian crossing, and, if not, can it be suggested to the appropriate authorities?
Yes, the state DOT says plans call for pedestrian crosswalks on the south and east legs of the intersection. The new traffic signals will provide turn arrows for traffic on 54th Avenue S to access the campus entrance as well as a protected turn for vehicles exiting the campus and heading west toward the Pinellas Bayway and Fort De Soto. Special crosswalk features for the visually impaired may be requested by contacting the Division for Blind Services, (813) 871-7190.
St. Petersburg: Work on sidewalk upgrades along 62nd Avenue N from 30th to Fourth streets that began last week will require intermittent lane closures and delays until the project is wrapped up in August.
Tierra Verde: Repairs to the Bayway Bridge require ongoing overnight lane closures from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday through Saturday from First Street E to Bahia Del Mar Boulevard. A completion date has not been set.
Indian Rocks Beach: Be prepared for nightly southbound lane shifts on Gulf Boulevard from Eighth to 10th avenues through Tuesday. The shifts will facilitate underground pipe work that requires workers to descend into manholes along this stretch, so use extra caution.
Clearwater: Palmetto Street is closed for one month from Highland to Glenwood avenues for sewer construction. Detour routes are Elmwood Street, Walnut Street and Wood Avenue.
Email Dr. Delay at email@example.com to share your traffic concerns or follow her on Twitter @AskDrDelay.