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Starkey Road job begins in summer

By ANNE LINDBERG, Times Staff Writer
Published December 13, 2007


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Slowly but surely Pinellas County is finalizing plans to widen Starkey Road.

Construction is scheduled to begin on Phase 1 - from 84th Lane to Bryan Dairy Road - this summer. All four phases of the upgrading are scheduled to be completed in 2015 or 2016.

Starkey, parts of which carry more than 33,000 cars and trucks a day, has long been notorious for its congestion, and the county has long planned to widen the road starting at Tyrone Boulevard, where it's called Park Street, and ending at East Bay Drive, where it becomes Keene Road.

The four phases are expected to cost a total of about $113-million.

Construction on the northernmost phase, from Ulmerton Road to East Bay Drive, is scheduled to begin in July 2013 and take two or three years to complete.

The cost for this section alone is estimated at $33-million in 2013 dollars for the 1.5-mile project.

This section of Starkey is a four-lane divided highway. When upgrading is finished, it will be a six-lane divided road with curbs, gutters, sidewalks and bicycle paths on both sides of the road.

The widening of Starkey Road is scheduled to start this summer. Shown here, the northernmost phase of the project, from Ulmerton Road to East Bay Drive, is scheduled to begin in July 2013 and take two or three years to complete.

[Last modified December 12, 2007, 22:08:27]


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