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Busy Largo road shutting down for 17 months for construction of $7.6M project

Posted at 4:18 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 19:41:12-04

LARGO, Fla. -- The signs are out and the roadblocks are in place.

Largo's Rosery Road will be closed from Missouri Avenue to the Pinellas Trail for at least 17 months.

"Oh my lord," said Rita Howard.

Howard and others are not ready. She said it's going to be a big pain for her.

The road is shutting down for a $7.6 million road project. Its main purpose is to make the road safer for everyone.

"It'll be great," said neighbor David Smith.

City leaders say the there will be a median put near the Missouri and Rosery intersection to separate the lanes. They're also going to put grass and trees there.

They're going to add more sidewalks near the Pinellas Trail and a buffer between the bike lane and the road.

The project also calls for more flashing lights at pedestrian crossings, a sidewalk near the railroad crossing and sewer improvements.

Homeowners -- like John Sherwood -- say the road being closed will get frustrating, but "it's worth it."

"It's time for this road to be redone," he said. "I'm excited. With this and the apartment complex going up across the street my property value will finally go up."

The money for the project is coming from the Penny for Pinellas Sales Tax, gas tax, and the stormwater and wastewater funds.