ST. PETE BEACH – Although phase one of the Pass-A-Grille Way road project is still a few months from completion, plans have begun on the second phase, which will stretch from 19th Avenue south to the end of the island.
As part of the consent agenda March 13, city of St. Pete Beach Commissioners approved a cooperative funding agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District that will provide the city up to $3.1 million of the estimated $6.246 million cost for design and construction.
Meanwhile, the completion date on the first phase of the project, which runs from West Maritana Drive south to 19th Avenue, could be as late as early July, according to City Manager Wayne Saunders. He originally estimated Nelson Construction would finish the work by late May.
“It’s due to some conflicts we’ve had that haven’t been addressed,” Saunders said. “So there will probably be some additional days beyond (late May). I think if we’re looking for a (total) completion date we’re looking at June, possibly the first of July.”
City Commissioner Ward Friszolowski said he has been receiving a number of email queries about the project from residents and suggested updating the city’s website with a new projected completion date.
“I think one thing that will help people see light at the end of the tunnel is that in our meeting last week, Nelson (Construction) stated that toward the end of this week we would actually see the surface work starting at the north end,” said Saunders “It’s what they call boxing out for the lanes to get the new sub-base in, which will be followed by some concrete work, curbing and sidewalks.”
In a related action, commissioners approved two change orders on the project totaling $31,007. One covers work Nelson did on Duke Energy infrastructure and the other is related to potable water service connections. Duke and Pinellas County will repay the city for those expenditures.
In other action, commissioners:
• Approved a banner to be installed over 75th Avenue to promote the Corey Avenue Business Association Sidewalk Sale April 6-8.
• Approved a banner over 75th Avenue to promote Beach Goes Pops April 28-29.
• Approved $16,096 for Insituform Technologies to repair eight stormwater pipes that were damaged during Hurricane Hermine.
• Approved an interlocal agreement with Pinellas County that will provide the city with $120,000 for the construction of two dune walkovers on the west end of 12th and 16th avenues. Both walkovers are no longer in compliance with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection guidelines in regard to dimension and dune clearance.
• Approved a purchase agreement with Duval Ford Fleet Sales for $47,435 for a 2017 Ford Transit utility cargo van, which will be used by the city’s Wastewater Department.