The Indian Rocks Road Project is a state funded project that will include complete roadway reconstruction, stormwater system improvements, and a new pedestrian walkway and bike path. 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
Bid Documents have been reviewed and approved by the state, and the Bid Solicitation for this project is now live on DemandStar.
January 2023 is the estimated date of ground breaking for phase 1 of this project.
Pinellas Park Renovations-
Pinellas Park is a triangle-shaped park between Osceola Road, Palmview Avenue, and Pinellas Road. A previous design for renovations was submitted by Belleair's Public Works Department, however, the plan was not satisfactory to the community. Gay Lancaster, Interim Town Manager, called a meeting to hear resident input on design plans in early August. The meeting had an excellent turnout with almost 2 dozen residents!
Following the meeting, a new design plan was quickly finalized and approved. Thank you to our Belleair residents for sharing input to create the design! So far, Town staff has completed tree trimming, irrigation work, and began planting podocarpus to conceal utility boxes on Osceola Road. Additionally, staff is engaged in discussion about renaming the park. Stay tuned for more updates!
Carl Avenue and Shirley Avenue-
This summer, Town of Belleair Commission approved Professional Engineering Services to conduct additional survey and design work for Shirley Avenue, as an extension of the Carl Avenue design study. The study will assist in developing final design plans for the improvement of these streets, which are anticipated to include paving and drainage enhancements. Estimated groundbreaking for this project is January 2023. This past month, our Public Works team met with the engineer to review the site and discuss plans and potential impacts of new sidewalks. Town staff will hold a resident input meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 5:30pm in the Town Hall Auditorium. Belleair's public meeting schedule is available at the link below:
On July 19, 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. Additionally, staff has begun working with arborists to take an inventory of trees along the Bluff, as well as continuing routine maintenance.
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. Bids are anticipated to be open in September or October of 2022, and the estimated date of groundbreaking is February or March of 2023.
Town staff has been working with Asphalt Paving Systems to refresh existing crosswalks and add additional crosswalks throughout Town. Work is beginning at the following locations: The Mall, Ponce de Leon Blvd, Druid Rd, and Bayview Dr.
Street Light Repairs-
Belleair's Public Works team has begun 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 it may be necessary to look for alternatives. This work is ongoing.