1. Transportation

U.S. 19 to get new pavement

Published May 26, 2016

What is happening on U.S. 19 near Park Boulevard? I see a bunch of equipment there and I'm wondering what's up and how long we can expect it to last.

Jeff Stevenson

This is a road milling and resurfacing project that will be ongoing for approximately four months.

In addition to creating a smoother roadway, workers will enhance sidewalks and traffic signals, and put down fresh pavement markings.

The project stretches from U.S. 19 at Gandy Boulevard/Park Boulevard to 49th Street. The work will require overnight lane closures from 8:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. as well as delays in the flow of traffic for approximately 150 days. Suggested alternate north/south routes are 66th Street, 49th Street, and I-275.

Barricade watch

• In St. Petersburg, the state Department of Transportation's ongoing I-275 pavement rehabilitation project from 54th Avenue S to 26th Avenue S calls for possible night lane closures. One lane may be closed in either direction of I-275 between 54th Avenue S (Exit 17) and 26th Avenue S (Exit 18) between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.

• Ongoing repair work on both the Sunshine Skyway and Bunces Pass Bridge on I-275 requires occasional nighttime lane closures. The DOT's latest update advises that motorists use caution and be alert to the possible closure of one lane in each direction of I-275/U.S. 19 S from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

• Sidewalk improvement work along 62nd Street from 142nd Avenue N to Roosevelt Boulevard may involve intermittent lane closures and delays; flagging personnel will be on site directing traffic through the life of the project, which is expected to last until July 1.

• A utility installation project on 68th Terrace N at 119th Street that began last week will be ongoing until June 24; motorists can expect lane closures and flagging personnel in the roadway.

• In Largo, emergency work to repair a sewer line that caused a depression in the roadway at 58th Street and Eicart Crossing (the ICOT Business Center) is under way. Largo's contractor is expected to be on site through June 14 and motorists should expect delays and ongoing lane closures in both directions on 58th Street as the work continues.

• Construction updates for Clearwater's Island Estates bridge replacement project are now available to the public online. The $3.6 million project to replace the four bridges (two on Island Way between Skiff Point and Palm Island SE and two on Harbor Passage from Island Way to Snug Island and also Harbor Island) began in 2015 and is expected to be completed in April 2017. Check out monthly news at

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