FDOT Sets Hearing in Pinellas Park on Gateway Express Project
The Florida Department of Transportation’s public hearing on the Gateway Expressway is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight (Feb. 26) at the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Administration Building, 3201 Scherer Drive N, Pinellas Park.
PINELLAS PARK – The Gateway Expressway project will construct a new four-lane elevated toll expressway connection from U.S. 19 to west of I-275 and from the Bayside Bridge (CR 611) and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport to west of I-275.
The East-West section of the project from U.S. 19 to west of I-275 will be generally constructed in the median and elevated over existing 118th Avenue, which will be reduced from six to four lanes below the elevated expressway. The elevated portion above 118th Avenue will become SR 690.
The North-South section of the project will be generally constructed within the median of SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) from the Bayside Bridge (CR 611) to SR 688 (Ulmerton Road), then continue south along a new alignment through the old Sunshine Speedway property until it joins with the proposed East-West elevated section (future SR 690) of the project over existing 118th Avenue. A toll-free option will remain on the existing roadway network to give drivers a choice.
FDOT representatives will be available beginning at 5 p.m. today (Feb. 26) to answer questions and discuss the project one-on-one with attendees. Aerial photographs and graphics illustrating the project improvements and estimated costs will be on display. A video presentation will also be shown continuously. The formal portion of the hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at which time formal public comments may be given. A court reporter will be available to record comments in a one-on-one setting.
After the formal portion of the hearing, FDOT representatives will be available to answer any further questions or to discuss the project one-on-one with attendees until 7 p.m.
Reports, technical memoranda and other pertinent information discussing the project’s improvements and impacts will be available for public review through March 9 at the Pinellas Park Public Library, 7770 52nd S. N during normal hours of operation – call the Library Main Desk at (727) 541-0718 – and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the FDOT, District Seven office,11201 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa.
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