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Bryan Dairy Road reopens early

Several factors contributed to an early finish to repairs on a rail crossing.

By EILEEN SCHULTE
Published July 14, 2007


LARGO - Bryan Dairy Road reopened at 5 p.m. Wednesday - eight days ahead of schedule.

The news likely will delight motorists who haven't been able to use the usually busy east-west corridor since June 29, when it was closed for repairs.

The $620,000 project required closing a 400-foot section just west of Belcher Road and east of Starkey Road so CSX Transportation could repair a railroad crossing.

Why was work finished early?

Favorable weather conditions were cited, plus good cooperation between Pinellas County's Public Works, contractor E.L. Trevena, engineering consultant TBE Group and CSX, said Mahshid Arasteh, county public works transportation director.

Crews also used early curing concrete and machine vibratory compaction to help speed things up. The crews worked around the clock.

Arasteh said 984 people called a hotline that offered alternative routes. The road closure was a concern not only for local residents but for at least 80 companies in the area. Bryan Dairy carries 50,000 vehicles daily.

Eileen Schulte can be eached at 727 445-4153 or schulte@sptimes.com.