FDOT set to begin major improvements along Gandy Boulevard in St. Pete

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Gandy Boulevard in northern St. Petersburg will be getting a massive makeover as construction begins on a series of improvements between Fourth Street North, Martin Luther King Jr. Street and I-275.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials announced today the launch of an $83 million project to improve east/west traffic flow along Gandy Boulevard. The project is slated for completion in 2017.  

The existing roadway will be transformed into an elevated six-lane facility (three in each direction) between I-275 and MLK Jr. Street, and four lanes (two in each direction) from MLK Jr. Street to east of Fourth Street.

Overpasses will be at 94 Avenue, MLK Jr. Street, Roosevelt Boulevard, and Fourth Street, with a frontage road parallel to the mainline roadway. Other features will include pedestrian and bicycle routes along the corridor, landscaping and various advanced communications technologies as part of an “Intelligent Transportation System.”

Miami-based Condotte-DeMoya JV and BCC Engineering from Maitland was awarded the design-build was awarded the contract.

In summer 2014, the FDOT will present a construction open house to provide additional information about the project to the public.

 

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