Gulf Boulevard Drainage Project
Gulf Boulevard Drainage and Sidewalk Projects Public Meeting
The Florida Department of Transportation presented a Public Information meeting regarding Project 436697-1-52-01 on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 5:00 here for our Council and residents. Construction began on October 31 in Indian Rocks Beach. It will be a few months before the project makes its way down to Indian Shores. The project is scheduled to last at least two years.
The drainage project had already been awarded to the contractor when the subject of improved pedestrian safety and sidewalks came up. After meetings between the Town, FDOT and Forward Pinellas, FDOT has agreed to install on-grade sidewalks made of pervious concrete (instead of asphalt) as part of this project. Construction plans for the sidewalks are still in the design phase. Additionally, two crosswalks will be added as part of this project – one at 199th Avenue and one at 186th Avenue.
FIND A COPY OF THE LATEST FDOT SIDEWALKS PLAN - 2/20/20.
We will continue to send updates via the Mayor’s Message and post information on our website as it becomes available.
In addition, please feel free to check FDOT’s Project Web Page at: http://www.fdottampabay.com/project/261/436697-1-52-01
You can also obtain information directly from FDOT by calling: 727-575-8300. Be sure to reference Project # 436697-1-52-01 when calling.
Pinellas County Transportation Improvement Projects
Forward Pinellas, as the metropolitan planning organization for Pinellas County, adopted a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to ensure that the County is eligible to receive State and Federal funding for transportation projects.
The TIP contains project descriptions, schedules, and corresponding funding allocations regarding transportation improvement projects for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the 25 local governments of Pinellas County, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), local airports, and the Port of St. Petersburg.
The projects include new construction, reconstruction, capital purchases, and maintenance work associated with roads, sidewalks, trails, transit services, airports, and the port, and the Transportation Disadvantaged Program. The TIP also identifies the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s priority projects for State and Federal funding.
Construction work on Gulf Boulevard to relieve flooding of the roadway and pedestrian pathways along three mile segment of State Route 699 (Gulf Boulevard) from Park Boulevard to Walsingham Road.
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Project Status
Resources and Documents
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) contractor is providing some cost-savings initiatives that will move the Gulf Boulevard Drainage Project start date out a minimum of three months.
This Gulf Boulevard Drainage Project is designed to help alleviate the flooding along Gulf Boulevard after it rains. Gulf Boulevard is a State Road and is owned and maintained by the FDOT.
Sidewalks in FDOT right-of-way from 191st - 195th Avenues have been added to the project.
Adding a crosswalk at 199th has been included because it lies within the boundaries of the project scope.
FDOT is looking into the possibility of a separate project for the crosswalk at 186th.
This drainage project is somewhat of a band-aid or stop-gap measure. The Town made a presentation at the May 8 meeting of Forward Pinellas to request to put the "complete renovation" project of sidewalks, curbing and drainage on their priority list for funding.