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Gulf Boulevard undergrounding project begins in Indian Rocks Beach

Posted at 11:45 AM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 18:20:10-05

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. — Visitors, residents and businesses in Indian Rocks Beach should expect to see a lot of orange cones as construction begins along Gulf Boulevard. Crews will be working to put overhead lines below ground from 5th Avenue to Whitehurst Avenue.

There will be a large amount of equipment along the pedestrian walkway on the west side of Gulf Blvd. Drivers will find traffic shifts and partial closures. Residents will experience temporary drive closures and outages.

“It is certainly going to be an inconvenience to the citizens, residents and businesses,” said David Greene with CPWG Engineering, the company behind the work. “We’re going to work with them and make it the least amount of unpleasant possible.”

Greene says there are several reasons for the construction. First, to improve the looks of the well-traveled area. And, most importantly, to protect against strong winds that could damage overhead and exposed lines, potentially causing lengthy outages.

The project, part of the Penny for Pinellas Program, is expected to last about nine months. Greene says crews may have to stop working during busy times, like spring break.

“We’re gonna have periods where we’re not able to work because the traffic is gonna be so bad in the city,” said Greene. “We’re working with city officials to minimize negative impacts to the business in the city.”