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Expect Park-Seminole crunch

Road work will run through March 10 near Home Depot.

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 17, 2008


SEMINOLE - Traffic along Park Boulevard will be a bit more snarled for the next few weeks while county road workers reattach a sewer pipe.

The 20-inch pipe was put in during the 1960s, when Park was a two-lane road, and was later detached from the system when a new 36-inch pipe was installed in the 1980s.

As the county grew, Park was widened and workers simply paved over the unused 20-inch pipe.

Now there's been even more growth in Pinellas and the unused pipe, which is in good condition, is needed to ferry wastewater from Belleair. So county workers are going to reattach it to the system, specifically to the 36-inch pipe.

They'll start work Tuesday and plan to finish by March 10.

That's good news for the folks from Belleair who need to get rid of sewage. It's bad news for the thousands of drivers who negotiate the section of Park just east of Seminole Boulevard.

The Park/Seminole intersection is one of the main entrances to the city and handles thousands of cars daily.

It's also the site of some of Seminole's most popular businesses, such as the Home Depot, the Hess gas station and several restaurants. Negotiating the road can be a hairy experience, especially at rush hours.

It's going to get even more difficult to navigate for the next few weeks.

With holes in the road and lane closures, the driving experience will be more like negotiating an obstacle course.

Two lanes of Park will be shut down for about 1,000 feet east of the Home Depot entrance at 10550 Park Blvd.

Two other lanes will remain open for the duration of the project.

For information, call Billy Bay in the Pinellas County Utilities Engineering Department at (727) 464-4220.

[Last modified February 16, 2008, 23:30:32]

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