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VIDEO: Construction Not Stopping Pinellas Trail Users

Bicyclists and skateboarders do not appear to be bothered by construction workers on the Pinellas Trail. They just pedal and skate around them.

If you're a regular user of the Pinellas Trail, you've probably encountered orange construction cones, heavy machinery and crews at work during recent outings.

Workers are almost finished with a five-mile-long repaving project on the Pinellas Trail that begins at Michigan Boulevard in Dunedin and ends at Oceanview Avenue in Palm Harbor.

The hassle will most likely be worth it for trail users who've had to run, bicycle and rollerblade around heavy machinery and construction cones since November. When crews complete the project, which is scheduled to end Feb. 28, trail users will have a much better experience.

"Bicyclists will have a smoother ride and a clear trail," said Billy Dover of Lane Construction, a Lakeland Company that was contracted to repave the trail.

Dover said roots from nearby trees had grown underneath the trail, creating an uneven surface, which could be a safety hazard for trail users.

Wednesday afternoon, crews were using a large, noisy milling machine to grind up the top of the old pavement. The machine then vacuumed the pavement chunks into the machine and spit them into a dump truck. A paving crew followed behind the milling machine, laying fresh asphalt.

Joggers, bicyclists and skateboarders did not appear to be bothered by the construction work. They just made their way around the workers (see accompanying video).

  • What is your favorite way to enjoy the Pinellas Trail? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Bill Hemme February 09, 2013 at 08:39 PM
I use the Pinellas Trail several days a week to bicycle to work between Dunedin and Tarpon Springs. What a wonderful way to commute! I'm glad to see the resurfacing underway, as several sections of the Trail were in bad shape. Interestingly, I commuted to work in St. Pete several years ago by way of the Pinellas Trail when it underwent a major surfacing project between Belleair and Seminole. At that time, workers often directed users off the Trail while the heavy machinery was in use, which was a major inconvenience, and in some cases forced me onto busy roads. This time the work crews have been very tolerant of Trail users. I even had one flag man wave me back onto the Trail as I was about to detour to a side street. My complements to the Lane Construction team.
Katie Dolac February 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM
That's good to hear! :)

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