State offers forum on Gandy Blvd. project

St. Petersburg, Florida – Five months after construction began, the Florida Department of Transportation continued to update the public on the road project happening along Gandy Boulevard in Saint Petersburg.

An open forum was held at Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church on 90th Avenue North on Thursday evening.

"It's for the public to come out, meet the contractor, meet the staff, ask any question that they might have," said Kris Carson with the FDOT.

Construction of the elected overpass which stretches from Brighton Bay Blvd NE near Derby Lane to Interstate 275 began in February.

There is a concerns from head of Pinewood Mobile Home Village on Gandy, who is worried about new, shorter right-turn lanes resulting from the new Frontage Road.

"If you've got a big truck behind you, we've only got about 100 feet to go from 50 miles an hour down to zero," said George Rogers.

The president of the Pinewood Mobile Village told us that he has expressed his concerns to those involved in the construction of the project and is waiting for a response.

FDOT's contractor, Condotte-deMoya JV, started work in February on the $83 million project to improve east/west traffic along Gandy Boulevard from Interstate 275 to east of 4th Street North.

The project will change Gandy into an elevated, six-lane roadway -- three in each direction -- from I-275 to west of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North, and four lanes -- two in each direction -- from west of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North to east of 4th Street North.


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