Courthouse Traffic Fix Planned
By Carl Wagenfohr
CLEARWATER – The long-awaited fix to the roadways that surround the Pinellas County Courthouse in downtown Clearwater will soon be implemented.
The opening of the new memorial Causeway Bridge in 2005 diverted beach-bound vehicular traffic from Cleveland and Drew Streets onto Court and Chestnut Streets. The expected improvement in traffic flow didn't quite materialize however, as signal timing issues and courthouse pedestrian traffic snarled eastbound traffic even on weekday afternoons.
A fix was developed jointly by the City of Clearwater, Pinellas County and Florida Department of Transportation in the spring of 2007. The cost of the project, then estimated to cost $395,000, was to be shared equally by the city and county, and construction was to have completed before Spring Break 2008.
Paul Bertels, Clearwater's Traffic Operations Manager, sought Council approval of the project at Monday's worksession. It consists of:
The total project cost based on the low bid from Semper Fi Services, LLC, is $626,257.76. Pinellas County and the city will split the bill equally.
Bertels expects work to begin on November 1st, with a 120-day construction period. Because FDOT has required that it not adversely affect traffic flow, construction will occur mostly at night and lane closures will occur only between 8 pm and 6 am.
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