Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Tyrone Boulevard work shouldn't impede traffic, DOT says

I was wondering what the road work on Tyrone Boulevard by the mall is going to be. A roadside sign says work begins this month and goes until June. Tyrone Boulevard is a road I have to travel four times a day and I am concerned about traffic delays during certain times. Should I be looking at alternative routes?

Nancy MacDonald

There's no need to plan a detour route, according to Kris Carson of the state Department of Transportation. The work is a bridge painting project that in addition to the overpass on Tyrone Boulevard adjacent to Tyrone Square Mall, will include several bridges and overpasses around the county through 2015. The bulk of the work will be done at night and the DOT says no lane closures will take place during the day. Carson says cleaning and painting the Tyrone overpass is not expected to interfere with traffic flow.

Other locations set for a fresh coat of paint include bridges at Interstate 275/U.S. 19 southbound over Bunces Pass (near Fort De Soto); U.S. 19 over Ulmerton Road; the pedestrian overpass adjacent to Madeira Beach Fundamental elementary and middle schools (work will take place during the summer break and pedestrians will be re-routed to Duhme Road for approximately two months); I-275 southbound ramp to I-375 eastbound (Exit 23A leading to downtown); and I-275 southbound and northbound over 38th Avenue N.

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The speed limit on Keystone Road was finally raised last week to 45 mph, with the exception of eastbound Keystone near U.S. 19 N and Camelia Avenue, where work on the retaining wall is still in progress, according to Debra Jaramillo of Pinellas County's traffic engineering department. The Keystone Road project began in April 2010.

Barricade watch:

• Beach Drive will be closed to traffic between 15th and 16th avenues NE this week beginning Monday morning due to sewer repair work. Traffic will detour via North Shore Drive. The work is expected to be wrapped up by Friday.

•The intermittent lane closures and delays along 38th Avenue N from 66th to 58th streets should be coming to an end this week as work to upgrade sidewalks wraps up on Friday.

•In Clearwater, Drew Street will be closed from 7 a.m. until noon Sunday from Coachman Park to Hillcrest Avenue for the Color Run race.

Email Dr. Delay at [email protected], or follow Dr. Delay on Twitter @AskDrDelay.

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