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Largo moves forward with $7M road project

Posted: 7:35 PM, Jun 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-26 19:35:50-04
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LARGO, Fla. -- Largo city leaders are moving forward with the $7 million Rosery Road construction project.

They say the project will make the road safer for drivers, pedestrians and bikers.

"I can't wait," said Angela Barns.

Barns lives at Shangri-la, which is right on Rosery Road. She and her neighbors have been waiting for years for safety improvements in that area.

According to them, traffic is so bad, it takes five to 10 minutes just to get out of their neighborhood.

"I call it the 'Rosery Speedway,'" Barns said.

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The road project will stretch from Missouri Avenue to the Pinellas Trail, according to officials. 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.

"That's great! It'll look great out there," said neighbor Fredrick Ward.

The project is estimated to last 15 to 18 months. Neighbors aren't happy about that part, but they understand that it's a necessary headache.

"The road needs assistance," Ward said. "It's high time that it's done."

Officials say the crews will start in October.