Drivers who use Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg should brace themselves for three years of road work.
Construction is underway on an $83 million project to improve east-west traffic flow on Gandy between Fourth Street and Interstate 275. When complete, the 1.5-mile stretch will include an elevated section with six-lanes between I-275 and Martin Luther King Jr. Street and which narrows to four lanes between Martin Luther King and Fourth streets. Overpasses will be added at 94th Avenue, Martin Luther King, Roosevelt Boulevard, and Fourth.
Construction will mean temporary lane closures along Gandy, Martin Luther King, Roosevelt, and Fourth. Florida Department of Transportation officials said most closures will be scheduled for off-peak hours. During morning and evening rush hours, three lanes in each direction will be available between I-275 and Martin Luther King, and two lanes in each direction from Martin Luther King to east of Fourth. Temporary detours sometimes will be necessary, although most will occur during weekend hours.
FDOT has scheduled an open house this summer to present more information about the project slated to conclude in 2017.