High Surf Advisory issued February 26 at 3:43AM EST expiring February 26 at 10:00PM EST in effect for: Pinellas
Getting a haircut was liking going through a maze for driver Margy Moore.
Moore used to get frustrated navigating a stretch of southbound U.S. 19 just south of Countryside Mall. But a newly opened access road from Countryside Boulevard to Sunset Point Road making reaching a hair appointment smooth sailing.
"Oh my gosh, it was wonderful. I just came through the intersection, came in, turned right and here I was," Moore said.
Drivers now have easy access to the businesses along the west side of U.S.19. For more than a year, motorists were forced to cut through construction barrels and deal with uneven pavement.
Heather Dewey-Pettet is pleased with the new look.
"It used to be really torn up here and it was just a lot of dirt. And now, I see grass and it's paved," she said.
Turning west onto Enterprise Road can only be done from the newly opened frontage road, with no access to any of the businesses from the high-speed lanes of southbound U.S. 19 until the exit at Sunset Point Road.
Still, business owners like Terry Curkan say the benefits of the newly opened road outweigh any confusion that may occur with the new layout.
"People will be able to get to us easier. We're hoping that we get more foot traffic. We are a destination, but we would like to see more local traffic because people are able to get to us and find us easier," said Curkan from behind the counter of Swiss Watch Service.
Sea Dog Brewing Company has lived with the construction woes since opening more than a year ago.
"It is a long, enduring challenge for our business and other businesses. But with this new access road, we hope to see an increase in business," said Dan Bolduc with Sea Dog Brewing.
The entire project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2015.