Bayway bridge demo begins
ST. PETERSBURG - Construction crews have begun cutting up large pieces of the old Pinellas Bayway drawbridge and hauling them away. After the old bridge’s roadway is dismantled, underwater explosives will destroy the pilings and construction will begin on the second half of the new, taller bridge, said Kris Carson of the Florida Department of Transportation. Delays and detours are expected this summer as contractors pour concrete for the new span. The project, which began in February 2012, is about halfway complete and is expected to be done by late summer or early fall 2014, Carson said.