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Governor announces fast-tracking of U.S. 19 road work in Pinellas

Back in 2009, officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction of U.S. 19 through Clearwater and Largo. Crews would build overpasses and frontage roads, widening and elevating the traffic-clogged road. Construction would last through 2013, they said. Fast-forward to now. The projectís end date is listed as late 2015. Construction is way behind schedule, infuriating U.S. 19 commuters and businesses. Why canít they speed up the work? frustrated business owners have been asking with increasing frequency. Why canít they work nights? On Friday afternoon, Gov. Rick Scott announced that Florida will pay extra to fast-track the work. [Jim Damaske | tampabay.com]

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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