Pinellas/Ponce Roadway Project
Pinellas/Ponce Roadway Project Blog
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Buccaneer Landscape Management will begin installing trees along the Ponce de Leon Boulevard median in the coming weeks as the final step of the Pinellas/Ponce Roadway Project. A combination of live oak, cabbage palm, and crepe myrtle trees will be planted. Staff anticipates work to be completed about a week after starting. Any questions about these plantings may be directed to Mike Shumaker, Belleair's Public Services Manager, at (727) 262-8918 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 25, 2020
The asphalt on the westbound lane of Ponce de Leon Boulevard between Palmview Avenue and Pine Road (and the entire intersection of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Palmview Avenue) has been milled and resurfaced to correct deficiencies. With that step, the construction of the Pinellas/Ponce Roadway Project is complete!
A blend of different trees will be planted in the right-of-way along Ponce de Leon Boulevard after the conclusion of hurricane season. Updates about those trees will be provided here one a planting schedule has been set.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The last remaining step of this project entails some asphalt repairs to the westbound lane of Ponce de Leon Boulevard where the current layer has some uneven sections. This work has been delayed slightly due to scheduling conflicts with the contractor, but is now slated to occur in September. Once started, the repairs will only take a few days. Residents whose homes are within the repair zone will be notified prior to work beginning. We appreciate your patience in this final stage.
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Truncated domes (the yellow textured ramps) have been added to sidewalks throughout the project, and irrigation is being installed now. After irrigation is completed, sodding will be installed in the remainder of the project. As a final step, the contractor will be repairing some areas of asphalt that need to be tweaked in order to meet our standards. That all being said, project completion is set for early August!
Monday, June 8, 2020
The Pinellas/Ponce Roadway Project is wrapping up and is scheduled for completion in July of 2020. Thank you for your patience and flexibility over the past year - we are almost there! Over the next few weeks, curb and sidewalk work will be finalized, irrigation and sod installed, and other finishing touches will come into place.
However, the planting of trees in the median on Ponce de Leon Boulevard has been moved to November. This change, while different from our initial plans, will allow for the trees to adjust, grow, and thrive without the risks associated with hurricane season.
From a financial and environmental standpoint, Town staff and the Commission believe this adjustment will increase the health of the trees and save the Town money from any potential losses or damages from a hurricane or storm event. Please note that sod will be planted throughout the median over the next few weeks to improve the aesthetic until the trees can be added.
Friday, May 29, 2020
The Pinellas/Ponce Roadway Project is in the final stages! The first lift of asphalt is down throughout the project. The contractor is completing curb work and sidewalk restorations now, with irrigation, sodding, and final touches scheduled to be completed by the end of June. This project is anticipated to wrap up ahead of schedule and within budget.
Friday, April 24, 2020
Kamminga & Roodvoets will resume work on the project on Monday, April 27. The southern lane of Ponce de Leon Boulevard from Palmview Avenue to Indian Rocks Road will be closed starting on Tuesday, April 28 in order to excavate the road base in that area. Once that is done, curb work will commence.
Friday, April 10, 2020
The project’s contractor, Kamminga & Roodvoets, sent the following message to the Town of Belleair on Thursday, April 9. Updates on the future of the project in the midst of COVID-19 will be provided here as more information becomes available.
The current events relating to COVID-19 has been unprecedented for everyone. It has forced companies to make decisions that are both fiscally responsible, as well as morally correct for their employees. As this pandemic evolves daily and as the height is approaching, Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc., has made the difficult decision to protect our employees and mitigate exposure.
Effectively, Monday, April 13, 2020 and for a minimum of two weeks, the following Town of Belleair projects will be shut down: "PW 19-2 Pinellas Roadway Improvements."
During the two week shut down, individuals listed on the emergency contact list will be available to address potential concerns and the project will be monitored daily to ensure safety to the residents and pedestrians. We will continue to re-evaluate the duration of this shut down on a daily bases and hope that work will resume once the two week period is complete.
Friday, March 27, 2020
Town staff and contractors are actively monitoring CDC guidelines for social distancing and public safety. While work will continue on this project, workers are taking every precaution to curb the spread of COVID-19. With these and any new precautions, schedules may be adjusted accordingly.
Road work remains the main focus of this project. Road base and curbs will continue to be installed in project areas, where necessary. Once all of that is done, asphalt work will be scheduled one lane at a time. Contractors will communicate specifics on this prior to work starting. Work has also begun on the re-installation of street lights on Ponce de Leon Boulevard between Oleander Road and Palmview Avenue.
Friday, March 13, 2020
The intersection of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Palmview Avenue will be closed March 16 - 18 as contractors replace road base in that area and complete curb work. The below maintenance of traffic (MOT) map shows the closure.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
The new 10-inch water (from Palmview Avenue east to Indian Rocks Road) is now fully operational and in service. The contractor will begin the removal of the old water main next week. Once removed, underdrain will be installed in that same location.
Roadwork is the main focus of the project now. The first layer of asphalt has been installed on Oleander Road and Ponce de Leon Boulevard, up to the west side of Palmview Avenue. Roadbase replacement work will start at Palmview Avenue and continue east to Indian Rocks Road within the next few weeks. Also, sidewalk replacement (on an as-needed basis) will continue to be addressed within the project limits.
Friday, February 14, 2020
As work progresses, the northern area of Ponce de Leon Boulevard between Pine Road and Palmview Avenue will be closed. While closed, the contractor will be replacing road base and completing curb work in that zone.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
The last segment of water mains for this project (from Palmview Avenue east to Indian Rocks Road) will be installed in the coming weeks. Underdrain and service lines for that area (and a few others) will then be addressed as the final pieces of drainage, as project work is focusing more and more on road base and curb work.
As such, road base is currently being installed on the south side of Ponce de Leon Boulevard from Oleander Road to Palmview Avenue. Once that segment is complete, the focus will shift to other areas. Curb work is set to begin on the south side of Ponce de Leon Boulevard on Monday, January 27.
Monday, December 30, 2019
Over the past month, storm drain installation was completed for this project. Currently, the final segments of underdrain (groundwater drainage) are set to be installed along Ponce de Leon Boulevard within the next month. Once the underdrain in completed, improvements will focus on road base and other surface-level work. Residents can expect to see the initial road base and curb installation work to begin in January.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
At this time, all water mains have been installed on Ponce de Leon Boulevard between Oleander Road and Palmview Avenue. This work will continue eastward from Palmview Avenue to Indian Rocks Road over the next few weeks. Storm drain installation is nearing an end, as roughly 90% has been installed to-date. The remaining 10% should be wrapped up over the next four-to-six weeks.
Overall, the Pinellas/Ponce Roadway Project is on-schedule for Summer, 2020 completion.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Drainage continues to be the primary focus for the Pinellas/Ponce Roadway Project at this point, as contractors are currently working on storm pipes and connecting structures. The storm drain system is expected to be completed within the next two weeks.
In early November, contractors will begin to connect the new water main on Ponce de Leon Boulevard between Oleander Road and Palmview Avenue. Once the water main is fully in service there, work will focus on underdrain, which consists of pipes that help control groundwater levels.
After drainage systems are installed between Oleander Road and Palmview Avenue, new water main installation will shift eastward towards Indian Rocks Road.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) changes have been updated per the maps below. Signage for these roads will be placed on-site accordingly. These changes should be in place until works patterns change or a new MOT is approved by the contractor.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Storm pipes and water mains are continuing to be installed along Ponce de Leon Boulevard heading east to Palmview Avenue. This work will continue over the next several weeks until all drainage is installed and connected in this area of the project.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Contractors began installing the baffle box for the Pinellas/Ponce Roadway Project this afternoon. This device will assist with stormwater filtration in order to optimize water quality prior to outflow, and should be functioning within the next few months.
Friday, July 26, 2019
Starting on Monday, July 29, the intersection of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Oleander Road will be closed for all traffic. Detours will be available in the area, with relevant signage placed along neighboring roads.
Monday, July 12, 2019
Contractors have been working to remove trees in the project area this week and will be clearing the branches from the median shortly. Please note that any trees in the median along Ponce de Leon Boulevard WILL be replaced once construction is complete. However, trees located in rights-of-way between curbs and sidewalks will not be replaced.
Monday, July 8, 2019
Kamminga & Roodvoets (the contractor for this project) has begun mobilizing equipment for the start of the Pinellas/Ponce Roadway Project. Area residents should be aware that Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) changes will begin this week, per the maps below. Signage for these road changes will be placed on-site accordingly. These changes should be in place until work patterns change or until new a MOT plan is provided by the contractor.
The Pinellas/Ponce Project runs from Ponce de Leon Boulevard at the roundabout west to Oleander Road and then north to Palmetto Road. This project is expected to start in July of 2019 and be completed in the summer of 2020. Information on the Pinellas/Ponce Project, including progress reports, images, or other updates will be posted here in a blog format throughout the project.
If you have any questions or concerns that are not addressed on this page, please email us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help.
The Pinellas/Ponce Roadway Project consists of a full-scale reconstruction of drainage and roadway systems within project limits. Between now and the completion of construction, the following tasks will be completed.
- Existing curbs, asphalt, road base, and road sub-base will be removed and all new materials will be installed
- New water mains and service connections will be installed and the old system will be removed
- Underdrain will be installed to collect groundwater
- A baffle box will be installed to optimize water quality treatment
- The existing storm collection system will be removed and a new system will be installed
- New fire hydrants will be installed
- Existing street lights will be removed during construction and then reinstalled with new conduit and wiring
Staff has collected several frequent questions and answers for you. As always, if you have a question that is not listed below, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help.
- Are the trees in the project area going to be removed? Many trees in the project area will be removed prior to construction. Trees located in the area between sidewalks and curbs will be removed and there currently NO replacement plans. Trees in the median on Ponce de Leon Boulevard WILL be replaced following construction.
- What should I do if my irrigation system is damaged from the project? Staff is advising one-on-one irrigation inspections prior to the start of construction to ensure proper operation and location of irrigation heads. If any damage should occur within project limits as a result of construction, please report the damage as soon as possible to either the contractor or email Town staff at email@example.com.
- Are the sidewalks going to be replaced? Sidewalks will be replaced on an as-needed basis during the project. Any current sidewalk sections that are damaged will be repaired or replaced.
- How will solid waste and recycling pickup continue within construction zones? The contractor is responsible for taking containers from your curb over to an area nearby for solid waste and recycling pickup and for returning the containers to your driveway following disposal. Your regular collection schedule will apply throughout the project.