Major weekend construction projects to impact Clearwater traffic

CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) – Several busy streets in Clearwater will be closed this weekend and next weekend so crews can work on railroad crossings that are in need of repair.

And that means traffic could be backed up for miles. City officials tell News Channel 8 that CSX will conduct railroad crossing improvements along the tracks that cross Court and Chestnut streets in Clearwater, the artery to and from Clearwater Beach and through downtown Clearwater. >>Find the cheapest gas near you

Construction will take place on two weekends: February 19 to 21 and February 26 to 28.

City workers say the impact to traffic will be significant. Detour routes will be clearly posted.

Here’s some important information provided by the city:

– Court Street will be closed starting Friday, Feb. 19 after the morning rush around 9 a.m. through Sunday, Feb. 21 at 11 p.m., from South Myrtle Avenue to South Fort Harrison Avenue. During this time, drivers will be diverted northbound and southbound onto South Myrtle Avenue: northbound drivers will turn left onto Pierce Street, then left onto South Fort Harrison Avenue to reconnect with Court Street; southbound drivers will turn right onto Turner Street, then right onto South Fort Harrison Avenue to reconnect with Court Street.

– Chestnut Street will be closed starting Friday, Feb. 26 after the morning rush around 9 a.m. through Sunday, Feb. 28 at 11 p.m., from South Fort Harrison Avenue to South Myrtle Avenue. During this time, drivers will be diverted northbound and southbound onto South Fort Harrison Avenue: northbound drivers will turn right onto Franklin Street, then right onto South Myrtle Avenue to reconnect with Chestnut Street; southbound drivers will turn left onto Turner Street, then left onto South Myrtle Avenue to reconnect with Chestnut Street.

– A stretch of the Pinellas Trail in this area will also be closed during construction from Cleveland Street south to Turner Street. Trail users should detour to South Myrtle Avenue, as the section from Cleveland to Turner will be inaccessible during construction.

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