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Pinellas Trail pedestrian bridge over Alt 19 reopens after delays

Posted at 4:05 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 19:15:05-05

Months after its expected opening, the Pinellas Trail pedestrian bridge reopens to the public in Palm Harbor.

ABC Action News reported in October that the project was delayed from fall until mid February after a variety of issues.

The pedestrian bridge that sits over Alt 19 near Orange Street was shut down over a year ago because of rust and structural concerns.

However, on Friday county leaders were able to open the pedestrian bridge back up.

In a press release the county said, "the old trusses were demolished and removed, and new steel trusses with improved coatings were lifted into place. Concrete decks were poured in recent weeks. Although completion of the project had been rescheduled for the end of February, the contractor was able to finish early."

ABC Action News asked the county if they will be updating the brown rust spots or anything else, and they say they the replacement of the cage and fencing were part of the initial project bid, but that would have doubled the replacement costs beyond the budgeted amount.

The county is now looking at options to address the appearance.

The project was paid for by the Penny for Pinellas sales tax.