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Expect Pinellas Trail closings in Tyrone area

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A portion of the Pinellas Trail between 13th Avenue North and 22nd Avenue North will be closed through Jan. 29. Other sections will close other sections will be closed as well throughout this month as part of a 2-mile improvement project.

Areas from 22nd Avenue North to Tyrone Boulevard and then from Tyrone Boulevard to 76th Street will also close as crews complete improvements.

The sections will reopen as work is completed. The county has not listed how long each section will take to complete.

Closing signs will mark sections as they are closed for work.

Workers will be improving the shoulder along those sections of the trail as well as stabilizing banks. Vehicular traffic along nearby roads should not be affected.

The sections slated for upgrades are part of the 47-mile long Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail that spans the county from South St. Pete north to Tarpon Springs.

The project is funded through a Recreational Trail Program grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Alternate routes around closed sections are available for those traversing the trail. Neighborhood streets are a good way to skip the first part of the trail now closed. Bike lanes run along Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue North.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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