Pinellas County Utilities will begin repairs to a leaky 48-inch water main under the westbound lanes of State Road 580 (SR 580), just west of McMullen Booth Road county 611) in Clearwater on Saturday, March 12, 2022.
Eastbound lanes will remain open, but all motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible and expect delays for the duration of the project. The repair is expected to take up to three weeks, with an expected completion date of Friday, April 3.
Detours will be clearly marked and in place before closing. Traffic will be routed around the project site sending westbound motorists south and north at the intersection of SR 580 and McMullen Booth Road. To ease traffic flow, an additional turning lane will be added to the traffic pattern at the intersection, with a total of three southbound lanes. Travelers who choose to turn south on McMullen Booth Road will be directed to use Enterprise Road to travel west to US 19. Travelers who choose to turn north on McMullen Booth Road can use Curlew Road or Tampa Road to travel further west.
In addition, variable message signs are currently in place to warn motorists of the closure. Billboards are deployed on westbound SR 580 and Tampa Road (SR 584) in Oldsmar and along McMullen Booth Road, north of Curlew Road (SR 586) and south of Enterprise Road. Message signs are positioned so that motorists can choose to avoid the area altogether by diverting to Tampa Road or Curlew Road north of the project area or choosing to turn south onto Philip Parkway (SR 590).
A separate detour plan for Countryside High School employees, students and parents will be in place. Approach to enter the school parking lot and drop-off area will be from Charles Avenue, which intersects SR 580 at the Countryside High School main entrance. Charles Avenue can be reached by turning south from SR 580 on McMullen Booth Road, then turning west on Charles Avenue. The detour will send motorists north on Charles Avenue through the signalized intersection on a single lane through the construction site to the school’s main entrance.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies, on leave, will occupy the intersection of SR 580 and Charles Avenue to keep traffic flowing and maintain pedestrian safety in the area.
Sidewalks along the north side of SR 580 near the project will also be closed, impacting Countryside High School students walking to school and other pedestrians. The closure will send pedestrians to the south side of SR 580 at the intersections of Landmark Drive and Charles Avenue. Pedestrian detours will be clearly marked.
The public can sign up for project alerts by texting “SR580” to 888-777. Message and data charges apply.
For more information on the project, visit pinellascounty.org/utilities/projects/sr580water.htm. Pinellas County Utilities customers can call County Customer Service at (727) 464-4000 with any questions.
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