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Largo roadway improvement projects stay on course
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LARGO – Three long-awaited roadway improvement projects totaling more than $10 million stayed on course Aug. 15 after city leaders unanimously approved contracts and agreements with contractors during a Largo City Commission meeting at City Hall.

All three projects aim to repair the surface of the roadways, make drainage improvements and, in some cases, add speed tables to hinder drivers from using streets as cut-throughs.

Trotter Road

Commissioners approved an agreement with David Nelson Construction Co. establishing the guaranteed maximum price of $5.7 million for the construction phase of the Trotter Road Community Street Improvement project, which has been in the works for about four years.

Construction on the .7-mile segment of Trotter Road from Eighth Avenue Southwest to Hillsdale Avenue Southwest is expected to begin in January and last 450 to 480 days.

Under the agreement, the contractor is responsible for managing construction costs under the maximum price and is responsible for cost overruns.

Engineer Rafal Cieslak said the project includes improvements to bicycle and pedestrian traffic and safety with bike lanes and sidewalks, beautification efforts, improve water quality and intersection improvements.

Engineers will present the final design of the project during an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 at St. Patrick Church, 2121 16th Ave. SW.

Clearwater-Largo Road District

Commissioners approved awarding the contract for the Clearwater-Largo Road District Improvements project to Kamminga and Roodvoets, Inc. for $3.62 million.

The project is scheduled to last about eight months, according to Cieslak, and city staff will be meeting with the contractor to discuss a start date.

The scope of the project includes:

• Repaving a segment of Clearwater-Largo Road from West Bay Drive to Mehlenbacher Road and neighborhood roads between West Bay Drive and Mehlenbacher Road and the Pinellas Trail to Clearwater-Largo Road.

• Installation of several speed tables along First Avenue Northwest, Second Avenue Northwest, Howard Drive, 11th Street Northwest and 12th Street Northwest.

• Constructing a multiuse trail along Fourth Avenue Northwest and a pedestrian bridge crossing from Fourth Avenue Northwest to the Pinellas Trail. The bridge, which will cost $70,000, will be funded through the Community Redevelopment District-West Bay Drive fund.

Commissioner Curtis Holmes expressed concern over spending $70,000 for a bridge that he felt was unnecessary, but Cieslak said it was part of a larger plan.

“Ultimately, our long-term vision is to connect the Pinellas Trail to Largo High School through Fourth Avenue,” he said. “So, this would be the first phase of that type of vision, where we would connect the Pinellas Trail to Clearwater-Largo Road, provided that multiuse trail, and down the road we would extend that trail to lead toward the high school. We feel that a lot of students use the Pinellas Trail to get to and from school and this would provide them a direct route to that.”

137th Lane area

Commissioners approved awarding the contract for the 137th Lane area roadway and drainage improvements project to Crisdel Group, Inc. in the amount of $1.22 million.

According to engineer Lee Harris, the 137th Lane area project includes improvements to several roads – 137th Street, 137th Lane, 138th Street, 138th Lane and 139th Street – which are located between Wilcox Road and 126th Avenue.

The modifications will include:

• Resurfacing of each of the roads.

• Raising the elevation of 139th Street by about 6 inches and about 1 foot on 138th Lane to pull the base roadways out of the water table.

• Installation of thicker pavement.

• Roadway underdrain installation.

• Enlarging some of the storm pipe.

Harris said staff will be meeting with the contractor to determine a start date, but he’s hoping it will be soon.

“I know that the people out there will be happy when this is fixed,” Mayor Woody Brown said. “I’ve heard about it for years, so I’m glad to see this project moving forward.”

Chris George is editor of the Largo Leader. He can be reached at 727-397-5563, ext. 316, or by email at cgeorge@TBNweekly.com.
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