ST. PETERSBURG - Construction will begin soon on an $83 million project to rebuild Gandy Boulevard between I-275 and 4th Street North in St. Petersburg, says the Florida Department of Transportation. Here are highlights of the project, scheduled for completion in 2017:
- Gandy will be an elevated, six-lane roadway (three lanes in each direction) from I-275 to MLK Jr. Street
- Gandy will be four lanes (two in each direction) from MLK Jr St. to east of 4th Street.
- Overpasses will be built at 94th Avenue, MLK Jr. Street, Roosevelt Boulevard, and 4th Street.
- A frontage road system will parallel the mainline roadway.
- Pedestrian and bicycle lanes will be included on the frontage roads.
- Intelligent Transportation System (which includes electronic message boards)
Temporary lane closures will be necessary along Gandy, MLK Jr. St., Roosevelt, and 4th Street. Most closures will be done during off-peak hours. During peak hours, three lanes in each direction will be available between I-275 and MLK Jr. St. and two lanes in each direction from MLK Jr. St. to east of 4th Street. Temporary detours will also be necessary, however most detours will occur during weekend hours.