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When Pinellas County road construction projects will end

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Construction along U.S. 19. Construction along U.S. 19.
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

It seems like everywhere you drive in Pinellas County, there are traffic delays, heavy equipment and dusty roads.

If you get the impression that some Pinellas roads have been under construction for years, it's because they have. Construction on U.S.19 from Whitney Road to State Road 60 started in 2009 and isn't scheduled to end until next year.

"It's been going for awhile, I would figure it would've been done by now," said Dena Hargrove, a motorist.

Recently, the state offered $4.8 million to the contractor to bring in extra crews to finish the project early.

"It's a major project to rebuild and construct these interchanges. It's just a few months behind schedule, I know the businesses are frustrated and motorists are as well... We negotiated with the contractors to bring in more manpower and get it done quicker," said Kris Carson, Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson.

Ulmerton is another major roadway with two areas of construction. It will take three years to add lanes approaching Interstate 275 at a cost of $20 million with a completion date of spring 2016. While it will take four years to add lanes to Ulmerton Road near Seminole Boulevard, that project is scheduled to end in late 2015 with a cost of $21 million.

In South Pinellas County, the new higher and wider Bayway Bridge to St. Pete Beach is close to being finished. That project is supposed to wrap up in the fall at a cost of $40 million.

FDOT started on a new project this month, putting in an elevated road along Gandy Boulevard from 4th Street North to Interstate 275.

One reason for more construction is a bigger budget. In 2010, the state spent $5.6 billion on FDOT's budget. The 2015 budget calls for a record $8.8 billion.

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