ST. PETE BEACH – Residents of Belle Vista in St. Pete Beach will soon have a less bumpier commute to and from their homes.
City commissioners voted unanimously Dec. 10 to approve a $417,700 bid by Ajax Paving Industries of Florida to upgrade four roadways in the neighborhood.
The areas include Belle Point Drive from Poinsettia Drive to 39th Avenue, Clearview Way from Belle Point Drive to 39th Avenue, Poinsettia Drive from 41st to 39th avenues, and 41st Avenue from Poinsettia east to the cul-de-sac.
It also includes repaving of the alley behind the St. Pete Beach Public Library from Blind Pass Road to Boca Ciega Avenue.
The work is expected to begin in four to six weeks, according to Public Services Director Steve Hallock.
“Each year we commit between $300,000 and $500,000 for street rehab,” said City Manager Mike Bonfield. “This past year we committed additional money to the Blind Pass Road project and delayed one of our routine maintenance projects and that is this project.”
Hallock said the project will be more than a routine mill and fill.
“It won’t just be a prettier street when we’re done,” said Hallock. “There are a lot of elevation issues out there with a lot of dips and valleys. We think we can do a lot of adjustment with the elevation to get the water to flow better into the existing catch basin.
“It should be nice when it’s done,” Hallock added. “I realize I’ll take a lot of heat because it’s going to be taking place during the peak of tourist season. But this is obviously a low-volume residential neighborhood. It’s not like we’re out on Gulf Boulevard. I can assure residents you’ll be able to get in and out of your house at all times.”
Bonfield said upgrades to the curbs would take the majority of the time.
“That (curb work) is going to be a very limited impact,” he said. “They won’t tear it all up and form it all at once. They’ll be forming it in segments as they work their way through.”