Making 30th Avenue better for bicyclists
St. Petersburg, Fla. (August 28, 2017) – Work has already begun on the latest enhancements to the city’s infrastructure in support of bicyclists and pedestrians.
Workers will be installing bike lanes along the 30th Avenue corridor from 58th Street east to Dr. MLK Jr. (Ninth) Street from now through May, 2018 as part of St. Petersburg’s CityTrails Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan. This 4.75 mile development will help connect bicyclists to both the Pinellas Trail and North Bay Trail when completed by next Spring.
The overall plan includes minor widening to the roadway, minor drainage improvements, resetting and raising of granite curbs, resurfacing and sidewalk expansion. The $3.1 million dollar project is primarily funded by a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant. While a “ceremonial groundbreaking” is scheduled for September 12, the work has already commenced.
Residents will see a lot of activity in the easements along the Avenue, and -- while they could encounter some temporary disruptions -- access to homes and businesses should be maintained at all times. Contractors should alert homeowners at least a week before any work starts in areas adjacent to their property. Crews have been doing initial digging to re-configure curbing and driveways along 30th Avenue North at 58th Street. Concrete work and paving will be underway shortly as the contractor generally works from the west end of the project to the east end of the project.