The intersection of Starkey and Bryan Dairy roads has been under construction for several years with no apparent progress or improvement. A few months ago there was a flurry of activity resulting in nothing but more dust. As of this writing there are no workers or construction equipment present. The area appears abandoned save for a miserable, delay-inducing intersection populated by angry, frustrated drivers. During what decade does the contractor estimate job completion? Is there some viable, explainable reason that this project is never-ending?
Construction work at the intersection of Starkey and Bryan Dairy roads is scheduled to end in December. We asked Debra Jaramillo of Pinellas County's traffic engineering department to provide us with an update. Just to recap, work to improve County Road 296/Bryan Dairy Road from Starkey to 72nd Street N began in summer 2011. The initial phase was completed in December 2012. Jaramillo says that along with the surface-level work of the project, a great deal of work, specifically underground drainage construction, was not visible to passers-by.
"We constructed extensive drainage improvements and widened Bryan Dairy Road from a four- to six-lane divided arterial. The project also included improvements to Belcher Road from south of Bryan Dairy Road to north of 114th Avenue N," Jaramillo said last week.
The current phase of work — the Starkey/Bryan Dairy intersection improvement project — started in April 2013 and should be complete by the end of the year. When done, Bryan Dairy Road will be six lanes through the intersection, with double left-turn lanes from Bryan Dairy onto Starkey. As with the first phase of this three-year project, this phase entails more underground work for drainage and water lines.
When will the work along the Courtney Campbell Causeway be done?
Construction work on the recreational trail along the Courtney Campbell Causeway/State Road 60 from McMullen-Booth Road to the Hillsborough County line, which includes resurfacing the road and replacing guardrails, is set to be complete in October 2015, according to the last update from the DOT.
In Clearwater, Sunset Point Road, which closed earlier this week, from Douglas Avenue to Kings Highway, will remain closed until Aug. 8 for sewer line work.
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