Construction has started on a $2.2 million project that will include upgrades to the Pinellas Trail overpass at West Bay Drive.

LARGO — Construction on a West Bay Drive project that has been more than four years in the making officially commenced Feb. 1.

The nearly $2.2 million project seeks to connect the Pinellas Trail with neighborhoods and the Medical Arts District. It will include developing the trailhead on both sides of West Bay Drive, modifications to 12th Street Southwest to provide on-street parking, landscaping, and adding several trail connections to the surrounding community. The contractor will sandblast and repaint the pedestrian overpass and make some minor structural enhancements.

Also, under the bridge will be a new midblock crossing with landscaping, a refuge at the center and a pedestrian-activated crosswalk with flashers. The project also will include aesthetic improvements such as monument signs and wayfinding amenities. The city received a $1.18 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to help fund the project.

The work, however, will likely inconvenience some motorists for the next month, as West Bay Drive from Clearwater Largo Road to 14th Street Northwest will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The Pinellas Trail overpass will be closed for maintenance and repairs through Saturday, Feb. 6. According to a news release from Pinellas County, trail users will cross West Bay Drive at a signalized intersection east of the overpass. Signage will mark a detour along both sides of West Bay Drive and along Howard Drive Northwest and First Avenue Northwest.

Visit https://www.largo.com/news_detail_T27_R148.php to view a detour map. For questions, call Largo Engineering Services at 727-587-6713, ext. 4402.