Short-term Pain, Long-term Gain
By Dan Reichard, Realtor®, Smith and Associates Real Estate
If it seems like years that we have been waiting for our new bridge, it is because it has been! But we will soon begin to see the impact of the project.
American Bridge is the company to which the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) awarded this design/build project. “Design/Build” means that the project will begin construction while other elements are being designed. According to FDOT, American Bridge was heavily involved in design and construction of the current Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and approximately 87% of their work is on building bridges. For this project, American Bridge has partnered with American Consulting Professionals, LLC (ACP) and Kisinger Campo & Associates, Corporation (KCA) to form the American Bridge Team (AB Team).
Aside from the new speed limit signs we’ve seen posted recently, the next tangible impact of the project will be lane closures scheduled for Monday evening, December 3 from 8:30 pm to 7:00 am the following morning. The lane closures at the same interval will continue through Friday, December 7.
At a TVCA presentation in early July, Jonathan Gill, FDOT’s construction manager, said it is the state’s intention to limit construction activity to Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm for the duration of the project. Although Gill qualified his statement by saying there will be occasions when work will need to be performed outside of those time frames — this is one of those.
Gill also said construction is planned to begin on the north side of the bridge where it leaves Isla del Sol and progress toward Tierra Verde. The new roundabout at the intersection of Madonna Boulevard, Pinellas Bayway, and the entrance to the Village at Tierra Verde will be the last phase of the project.
FDOT is hosting a bridge construction “kick-off” open house on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at St. Pete College Allstate Center located at 3200 34th Street S., St. Petersburg, FL 33711.
To be updated on developments such as road closures, FDOT invites you to sign up for email alerts on their project website.