Pinellas County has been short one very important pedestrian bridge. The pedestrian bridge that runs over Alt 19 near Orange Street was closed due to rust and structural concerns. It’s been closed over a year. Originally,the projected time frame for re-opening was this fall:
GOOD NEWS! The #PinellasTrail pedestrian bridge at Alt 19/Orange will be replaced by this Fall! Old bridge is closed b/c Pinellas Co says it’s rusted & unsafe. Bikers BEGGED for a replacement! @abcactionnews #TampaBay @PinellasCoNews pic.twitter.com/ttFwQ0QfDN
— Sarah J. Hollenbeck (@SarahHollenbeck) June 21, 2018
Now, a new estimation is set. The pedestrian bridge should re-open in February.
The pedestrian bridge helped make the area significantly safer for both pedestrians and bikers. Though it may appear like no work has been done on the new bridge, that’s only because the new bridge is being built offsite. In December, expect installation to begin with the use of heavy cranes.
You’ll start seeing the boards go up in mid November ahead of the road closure. The cranes are schedule to be onsite on December 2nd. Then, the existing bridge will be removed and a new bridge will be delivered. The new bridge is expected to be delivered the second week of December. Construction should be complete on Valentine’s Day 2019.
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