Pinellas Trail Bridges in Palm Harbor Open Again
The section northeast of Curlew Road-and Alt. U.S. 19 had been closed since September 2017 for replacement of the bridges.
PALM HARBOR – Enthusiasts of the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail in Palm Harbor have reason to celebrate this weekend.
After a successful final inspection, Pinellas County reopened the pedestrian bridges over Alt. U.S. 19 and Orange Street on Friday (Feb. 15) afternoon. Walkers, runners, bicyclists and other users will no longer have to detour around the location.
The section northeast of Curlew Road-and Alt. U.S. 19 had been closed since September 2017 for replacement of the bridges. The old trusses were demolished and removed, and new steel trusses with improved coatings were lifted into place. Concrete decks were poured in recent weeks. Although completion of the project had been rescheduled for the end of February, the contractor was able to finish early.
The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail extends from downtown St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs as a unique connector to our communities. It has won numerous awards, including induction into the National Rails to Trails Hall of Fame. Eventually, it will be part of the Pinellas Trail Loop, a 75-mile regional trail network that will circle the county and provide regional connections to Hillsborough and Pasco County trail networks and link to the Florida Coast-to-Coast Connector Trail.
The Palm Harbor improvement project was funded through Penny for Pinellas, the county’s local infrastructure sales tax. More information about the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail can be found at pinellascounty.org.
Photo of Pinellas Trail courtesy of Pinellas County Communications.
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