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One Ulmerton Road widening project ends by Thanksgiving, another drags on to 2017

What's happening with Ulmerton Road? Judging by the number of requests for updates we've received from construction-fatigued motorists, lots of folks want to know. After all, about 250,000 vehicles traverse that major thoroughfare at its peak on weekdays.

If it seems like the work has been ongoing for years, you're correct: it has been nearly four years and counting. The state Department of Transportation has three distinct projects, totaling a combined $64.1 million, under way along the Ulmerton Road corridor: Ulmerton from Seminole Bypass Canal to El Ranchero; Ulmerton from 49th Street to 38th Street; and Ulmerton from 38th Street to Interstate 275. The oldest project began back in 2012.

We checked in with Kris Carson of the FDOT last week for an update on the status of the three construction projects. From west to east, here's where things stand with each work site:

Ulmerton Road from Seminole Bypass Canal to El Ranchero:

This is a project to enhance Ulmerton's capacity by widening the road from four lanes to six lanes (three lanes east and west). When complete, State Road 688 (Ulmerton Road/Walsingham Road) will be a six-lane roadway from the Indian Rocks Bridge all the way to 49th Street. The contractor, Conalvias USA, is currently building the new medians and travel lanes as well as constructing new and relocating existing utilities along the corridor. This $23.5 million project began in January 2012 and is expected to be complete in the spring of 2016.

Ulmerton Road from 49th Street to 38th Street:

This is also a road widening project, expanding this section of Ulmerton from four to six lanes. In addition, the project includes the removal of the old westbound Roosevelt Boulevard flyover and replacing it with a signalized intersection. This work is being performed by the David Nelson Construction Co.

The current phase of work is the installation of new a drainage system to accommodate the new, wider roadway. The old Roosevelt flyover is scheduled to come down in the spring of 2016. Work started on this project this past February; the $19.3 million project is anticipated to be complete two years from now, in the fall of 2017.

Ulmerton Road from 38th Street to I-275:

Lane Construction Corp. began work in April 2013 to widen this portion of Ulmerton Road from four to six lanes, replace the eastern Roosevelt flyover, and create a new westbound access lane to 34th Street. The contractor is currently paving the top layer of asphalt and applying permanent striping as well as finishing the highway lighting and signal work. This $21.3 million project is expected to be done by Thanksgiving this year, which would be approximately six months ahead of schedule.

Email Dr. Delay at docdelay@gmail.com or snail mail to P.O. Box 4954, Seminole FL 33775, to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions. Follow @AskDrDelay.

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