Roadwork along 102nd Avenue at the intersections of 113th, 118th and 119th Streets will focus on safety enhancements for pedestrians.
SEMINOLE – In mid-July, Pinellas County kicked off a roadwork project on 102nd Avenue. The project will focus on safety enhancements at the 113th, 118th and 119th street intersections.
However, since it began, the county received numerous calls and emails from residents who live near the major thoroughfare and were unaware any roadwork was planned.
“Normally, we do have a public information meeting on projects,” said Greg Cutrone, transportation engineering manager. “This is a bit of an emergency, though. So we kind of streamlined it, as it didn’t affect residential driveways, per se. There really wasn’t much in the way of impact.”
He added that the county did alert the city of Seminole and administration at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus before construction started.
The purpose of the project is to make sure all three intersections meet ADA standards for pedestrian walkways. Work includes building a sidewalk at 119th Street and creating striped crossings with pedestrian signals at all three intersections.
“There are residents in the area who are wheelchair bound” and unable to travel safely through the neighborhood because of gaps in sidewalk and a lack of crosswalks, Cutrone said.
He added, “So primarily we want to be able to have this connectivity with the sidewalk. Until now, they haven’t been able to cross the street.”
He stresses that this is a sidewalk enhancement and safety project, rather than a street widening project. However, the construction will also “improve traffic flow and safety,” he said.
This will be done by adding a turning lane at these intersections.
“These aren’t major lanes,” he added. “These are small turning lanes. There isn’t major roadwork underway. These are minor operational improvements.”
The county has eyed improvements to that area of 102nd Avenue for several years. Initially, the county explored the possibility of widening the roadway from two to four lanes.
“There was definitely opposition, so we pulled back on it,” Cutrone said.
He anticipates that current roadwork will be completed in six to nine months.