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Railway maintenance project to temporarily close Hercules Avenue North in Clearwater

Crossing improvement project to take place between Sunset Point Road and Drew Street

Post Date:04/19/2017 10:42 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2017

 
Contact
Libby Bolling, Public Information Specialist, Pinellas County Communications, (727) 464-4600

 

Pinellas: Railway maintenance project to temporarily close Hercules Avenue North in Clearwater

Crossing improvement project to take place between Sunset Point Road and Drew Street

  • Railway crossing improvement project to close Hercules Avenue North, beginning on Friday, April 21, for approximately four weeks
  • Local traffic will be able to access businesses located north and south of the closure
  • Detours will be in place to route motorists around the closure and to businesses

Pinellas County and CSX Transportation, Inc. will begin a railway crossing improvement project on Hercules Avenue North, between Sunset Point Road and Drew Street. This work will require Hercules Avenue North to be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists at the railroad crossing starting on Friday, April 21, 2017, for approximately four weeks.

Local traffic will be able to access businesses up to the railroad crossing from either direction, but will not be able to cross the railroad tracks. Detour signs will be in place to route motorists around the closure and to local businesses from Sunset Point Road and Drew Street.

Motorists who travel north and south on Hercules Avenue North, between Sunset Point Road and Drew Street, should use either Belcher Road, to the east, or Keene Road (CR 1), to the west, as an alternate route.

The railway maintenance project is part of the systematic maintenance and railway improvement and replacement program. Public railroad-highway grade crossings in the county are identified for replacement according to the age and condition of the crossing.

This high-volume crossing was last reconstructed in 1998 using rubber crossing pads that typically have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years. The project includes the replacement of damaged or undersized rails and rail bed and reconstruction of the roadway.

Those interested in additional project information can visit www.pinellascounty.org/roadwork.htm or call (727) 453-3320 for a recorded project update. 

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