Phase 1 Anticipated Groundbreaking - January 9, 2023
The Indian Rocks Road Capital Project is a state funded project that will include complete roadway reconstruction, stormwater system improvements, and a new multimodal sidewalk, which includes a pedestrian walkway and bike path. The image below depicts the new multimodal sidewalk, which will be on the east side of the road for phase 1:
This project will be phased into 3 parts:
Phase 1- Mehlenbacher Road to Poinsettia Road
Phase 2- Poinsettia Road to Carl Avenue
Phase 3- Carl Avenue to Belleview Boulevard
Phase 1 of the Indian Rocks Road project is on track for estimated groundbreaking on January 9, 2023, with estimated completion in early Fall of 2023. Message boards will go up in advance to notify of the project's start date. Road closures are expected to begin onJanuary 23. Access for local traffic will be maintained, however, there will be signage in place to direct thru traffic to the appropriate detour. The detour route will include the use of Mehlenbacher Rd, Clearwater Largo Rd, and Ponce de Leon Blvd, as detailed in the map below:
The engineer of record is also in the process of gathering survey and geotechnical data in preparation for phase 3, which will be completed before phase 2.
Carl Avenue and Shirley Avenue-
The Carl and Shirley Capital Project is anticipated to include paving and drainage enhancements with estimated groundbreaking in April 2023. The project will include adding sidewalks on both sides of the street as well as street lighting on Carl Avenue and Shirley Avenue. The engineer of record is in the process of developing 100% plans.
Pinellas Park Renovations-
Pinellas Park is a triangle-shaped park between Osceola Road, Palmview Avenue, and Pinellas Road that is undergoing renovations. So far, Town staff has completed tree trimming, irrigation work, and planted podocarpus to conceal utility boxes on Osceola Road. Additional Florida-friendly landscaping will be planted around the utility boxes in the coming month. Electric installation has been completed and a specialty pink trumpet tree was planted in December. Sidewalks are scheduled to be poured during the last week of January. In regards to renaming the park, staff is working on reviewing the Town's naming policy. Stay tuned for more updates!
Bluff Erosion Restoration-
In July 2022, the Mayor signed a cooperative funding agreement with Southwest Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to conduct a feasibility study that will investigate the potential erosion of the Bluff shoreline along Bayview Drive. Erosion is generally caused by wave activity and groundwater discharge. The study is meant to assist in determining options to address these issues and maximize natural system restoration opportunities as well as water quality. Town staff is maintaining weekly discussions with SFWMD to ensure the project remains on track. A bid award for the Bluff study is expected in January 2023. Staff has also entered an agreement with a Master Arborist to take a detailed inventory of trees along the Bluff. For questions or inquiries regarding the restoration of the Bluffs, contact Ashley Bernal, Assistant to the Town Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mehlenbacher Road Water Main Improvements-
This project will consist of the rehabilitation of the existing water main on Mehlenbacher Road, to improve its overall performance. This is likely to include removal and rerouting in specific locations. This project is being completed by Pinellas County. For more information about this project, please contact Pinellas County. Stay tuned for further updates!
The Town of Belleair, Pinellas County, and Largo have been meeting to discuss a shared agreement for a preliminary engineering report regarding Rattlesnake Creek. The objective of this project is to investigate and recommend alternatives to improve stormwater management and present flood protection measures while addressing erosion control and sediment management needs of the channel. This will include site investigation, data collection, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and a presentation of an implementation plan with permitting requirements. This project is expected to span one year, starting mid 2023.
Street Light Repairs-
Belleair's Public Works team has been surveying the Town's street lights at different times of the day to determine which ones are working properly, as well as which ones need timer adjustments or repairs. Any lights that are reparable are being fixed. During this process, the team has discovered that some street light parts are difficult to acquire, and has begun exploring alternatives. Roughly 90% of the lights are operational. This work is ongoing.
Dredging of Harold's Lake-
The Town of Belleair has engaged a dredging company, Bayside Dredging, to address drainage issues and overproduction of silt in Harold's Lake. Work will begin sometime in the first quarter of 2023.
New Crosswalk Flashing Beacons Installed-
The Town of Belleair has installed two sets of rectangular rapid flashing beacons at the crosswalks located at Ponce de Leon Blvd and The Mall (in front of Town hall) and Indian Rocks Rd and Gardenia St (at the corner of Hunter Park). The Town is excited to have these increased safety measures in place, and there will be more to come!