Work is about to commence on the Treasure Island Causeway that should last for a couple of weeks. Drivers should be alert and use extra caution as there will be workers in the road in addition to plenty of heavy equipment.
Here's what's happening: Starting June 13, the segment of the road between the drawbridge and the west bridge (near the St. James condo) will be milled and paved. Once the first phase is complete, which should take most of the week, the second phase will begin, currently set to start June 20.
During the second week, the segment between the west end of the bridge (by the St. James condo) to Gulf Boulevard will be milled and paved. The schedule, of course, can be affected by weather and because we are heading into our rainy season, this may have an effect on the completion date.
About four weeks after this work is completed, workers will apply permanent striping to the road, so don't be alarmed if the lanes aren't marked for a while.
Jeff Jensen of the city of Treasure Island says drivers should expect lane closures. The Doc suggests commuters formulate an alternate route for the next couple of weeks.
Still about a month left in Park Street project
The ongoing work on Park Street from 27th to 28th avenues N has some folks suffering from barricade fatigue. One reader reached out to the Doc, writing: "Is it EVER going to end? I remember the flashing sign they put up in February that said Park Street would be one lane from Feb. 21 through March 21. Did they really mean May 21? It looks like there is no end in sight! Please give me us update."
The work to replace a water line, which has indeed been in progress for over three months, is scheduled to wrap up in early July. Motorists should continue to be prepared for delays and slow down as traffic is restricted to one northbound lane and one southbound lane.
Look out for more work, annual kids triathlon
Here's some other road work to be aware of:
• Work on Belcher Road is ongoing from 118th Avenue to just south of Ulmerton Road. The work to replace a water main will continue in its current location until sometime in August. Be prepared for closure of the three southbound lanes, with one southbound lane available that's been fashioned from the northbound median lane.
• Look out for pavement restoration and pedestrian improvements to include installation of countdown pedestrian signals at several intersections along 66th Street from 26th to 70th avenues N. This project, which began in January, is scheduled to wrap up at the end of July. Plan for daily lane closures each week Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as nightly lane closures Tuesday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
• Seminole's annual Tri If You Dare kids triathlon will close 113th Street from the St. Petersburg College driveway loop to 102nd Avenue N from 6 to 10 a.m. June 19.
Until next week, happy and safe motoring.
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