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Dr. Delay: Repaving on St. Petersburg's 54th Avenue S still has some weeks to go

The contractor has completed the last layer of asphalt for the repaving of 54th Avenue S, but a lot of work still remains to the shoulder and merge lanes  A car slowly crosses the intersection at 41st St. S, where much work is still needed to smooth the lanes.  Monique Welch | Times
The contractor has completed the last layer of asphalt for the repaving of 54th Avenue S, but a lot of work still remains to the shoulder and merge lanes A car slowly crosses the intersection at 41st St. S, where much work is still needed to smooth the lanes. Monique Welch | Times
Published Aug. 6, 2019

How much longer will we have to endure the repaving project at 54th Avenue S in St. Petersburg?

Buckle your seat belts because it may be a long ride.

The contractor has been on site paving, but ran into many challenges due to the ongoing rain. Weather permitting, the Florida Department of Transportation anticipates about six more weeks remaining on the job.

Throughout this process, many complaints about a hazardous, elevated manhole have surfaced because of its potential to significantly damage one's car or cause an accident when swerving to avoid it.

The Tampa Bay Times asked about these concerns, and the state Department of Transportation says they have been reviewed and fixed.

Kristen Carson of the DOT explained that the reason for the raised manhole was because the roadway still needed a final layer of asphalt.

That has since been completed on both westbound through lanes, but contractors still have shoulder and merge lane work to complete.

They also still need to mark the pavement with crossings and stripes, install a pedestrian crossing on the eastbound roadway near the ramp, and complete a final sod and cleanup.

Lanes will continue to be closed during this process from 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m Sunday through Friday.

Updates:

Still expect lane closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the following places:

  • •U.S. 19 Frontage Roads from 110th Avenue N to 126th Avenue N.
  • •Roosevelt Boulevard from Ulmerton Road to 49th Street N.
  • •Roosevelt Boulevard from 28th Street to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.
  • •Roosevelt Boulevard entrance ramp to the Bayside Bridge.
  • •49th Street from 145th Avenue to the Bayside Bridge.
  • •118th Avenue N from U.S. 19 to 34th Street (from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.).

•U.S. 19 Frontage Roads from 110th Avenue N to 126th Avenue N.

•Roosevelt Boulevard from Ulmerton Road to 49th Street N.

•Roosevelt Boulevard from 28th Street to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

•Roosevelt Boulevard entrance ramp to the Bayside Bridge.

•49th Street from 145th Avenue to the Bayside Bridge.

•118th Avenue N from U.S. 19 to 34th Street (from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.).

Email Dr. Delay at docdelay@gmail.com to share your traffic concerns and questions. Follow @AskDrDelay.

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