Can the big US 19 project really stay on schedule?

Clearwater, Florida -- Clearwater's US 19 drivers are seeing changes from State Road 60 to Whitney Road as the overpasses over Seville Blvd. and Gulf to Bay Blvd. are nearing completion.

But with a project milestone looming in October -- moving ALL lanes of traffic to the new spans where there are no traffic signals -- it's time to once AGAIN consider the possibility that this project COULD be delayed.

Here's why: If you ask drivers, the US 19 project from Gulf to Bay Blvd. to Whitney Road missed it's original completion deadline. But, according to FDOT, that isn't the case. That's because FDOT forgives or allows for the addition of days due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, issues pertaining to relocating utilities and weather.

As we barrel into the rainy season with daily downpours, it seems impossible that the same delay scenario won't present itself again. However, FDOT Spokesperson Kris Carson says that cannot happen because weather days were worked into the contractor's timeline. She says there is no excusable reason why the deadline should be missed.

Of course, drivers are still skeptical. With only five months until that milestone and much of the work involving painting, it's pretty hard to believe we'll be using the new lanes with no traffic signals by mid-October.

The Road Warrior will be keeping tabs on the contractor's progress, but you can too. Click hereto find the list of FDOT imposed milestones that the contractor is expected to meet along with the cut-off for the incentive, March 1, 2015.


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