When Pinellas County road construction projects will end - WFLA News Channel 8

When Pinellas County road construction projects will end

Posted: Updated:
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.

Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.


  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
  • Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

    Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:03:34 GMT
    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
  • Abercrombie dropping logo to boost brand

    Abercrombie dropping logo to boost brand

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:15 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:15:46 GMT
    The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded, so the struggling teen retailer plans to strip off the once-prized logo from its clothing. Shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. 
    The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded, so the struggling teen retailer plans to strip off the once-prized logo from its clothing. Shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. 
  • NewsMore>>

  • Down power line stalls Gulf Blvd. traffic

    Down power line stalls Gulf Blvd. traffic

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:49:01 GMT
    Severe weather in Redington Beach has forced the shutdown of a portion of Gulf Blvd.Pinellas County authorities closed northbound and southbound Gulf Blvd. from 161st Ave. to 164th Ave. due to down power lines.Sheriffs's officials are asking motorists to avoid the area.
    Severe weather in Redington Beach has forced the shutdown of a portion of Gulf Blvd.Pinellas County authorities closed northbound and southbound Gulf Blvd. from 161st Ave. to 164th Ave. due to down power lines.Sheriffs's officials are asking motorists to avoid the area.
  • Buccaneers get to 53-man roster limit

    Buccaneers get to 53-man roster limit

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:08:37 GMT
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 53-man roster now is in place. On Saturday, the team waived six players and released two others to reach the NFL player limit. The Bucs made the following roster moves today, according to team officials. ...
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 53-man roster now is in place. On Saturday, the team waived six players and released two others to reach the NFL player limit. The Bucs made the following roster moves today, according to team officials. ...
  • Convicted felon charged with murder in Brooksville mass shooting

    Convicted felon charged with murder in Brooksville mass shooting

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-08-30 23:01:59 GMT
    Mason III, 42, has an arrest record that goes back more than 20 years. Mason III, 42, has an arrest record that goes back more than 20 years.
    A career criminal with an arrest record that goes back more than two decades is facing three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a mass shooting that occurred Friday night in Brooksville.As George June Mason III attempted to flee the crime scene just as law enforcement arrived he was struck by a pick-up truck.
    A career criminal with an arrest record that goes back more than two decades is facing three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a mass shooting that occurred Friday night in Brooksville.As George June Mason III attempted to flee the crime scene just as law enforcement arrived he was struck by a pick-up truck.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.