Fixing Gulf to Bay closure a slow-going process, crews say - FOX 13 News

Fixing Gulf to Bay closure a slow-going process, crews say

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Crews successfully removed two of the four girders hanging above Gulf to Bay Boulevard – the site of a serious traffic mess in Pinellas County.

It's a slow going process for construction workers, who are removing each girder every five hours or so. All four must be removed after what happened Tuesday.

In the afternoon, the tops of two trucks somehow came in contact with the old, unused portion of the U.S. 19 overpass, which was scheduled for removal next week.

Gulf to Bay Boulevard is closed in both directions, and it will remain closed through Wednesday morning's commute.

Drivers in Pinellas should be aware of the shutdown intersection. Officials say it's like to cause headaches for the morning and evening commutes, with reopening likely not happening before late Wednesday.

U.S. 19 was initially closed but has since reopened.

The resulting detour includes westbound traffic heading north to Drew St., using the frontage road and then back to Gulf to Bay. Eastbound traffic is heading south to Belleair and then back to Gulf to Bay.

If you're heading north and south, use McMullen Booth Road, FOX 13's Jen Epstein said.

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