Can you please tell me what is going on with the intersection of Belcher Road and Belleair Road? Early last fall construction began to lengthen and widen turn lanes on Belleair Road but nothing has been happening for the past three months.
We checked in with Pinellas County Public Works on this project, which many Dr. Delay readers have inquired about. We heard back from Michael Williams, project supervisor with the county's construction management division, who told us that the delay has been in part due to underground utility work, specifically, the installation of power lines by Duke Energy and follow-up work afterwards.
The underground power lines must be installed prior to the placement of the new mast arm traffic signals. Williams said that while Duke Energy completed the underground installation work just after the holidays, the contractor hired to drill the necessary two shafts that will support the new mast arms just completed that work.
Once this type of drilling work is complete, there is a standard waiting period of two weeks required to ensure that the concrete and steel inserted into the shafts has reached optimal compression strength and integrity. At that point, inspections will take place, and the contractor will then move ahead with installing the mast arms and removing the old traffic signals and poles, which will allow the contractor to finish the remaining detail work. So, long story short, we can expect a few more weeks of construction.
•In northern Pinellas County, milling and resurfacing of East Lake Road from Tampa Road to Ridgemoor Boulevard that began last week is expected to last until March 10 with nightly lane closures and delays between the hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Suggested alternate routes are U.S. 19 or Belcher Road.
•In Clearwater, a water valve repair project that began last week requires the closure of the U.S. 19 southbound service road at Evans Road until approximately March 3. Southbound traffic will be able to turn west at Evans Road by using the curb lane; eastbound traffic from Evans Road to the U.S. 19 service road will not be affected.
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