Still no sidewalks on dangerous road in Pinellas County after a year

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA)  — A Tampa Bay area mother reached out to 8 On Your Side again, after Pinellas County officials told News Channel 8 in 2016 that sidewalks would be built on Haines Bayshore Road and completed by summer 2017.

A year later there are still no sidewalks.

8 On Your Side featured the dangerous and busy road last September.

Parent Anna Constantine said nothing has been done to the road and students will be in class at Clearwater Central Catholic High School on Monday.

“Let down, totally let down,” said Constantine.

The road is about one mile long. There is a sidewalk in front of the school.

Constantine said the road is dangerous for students and residents trying to walk and ride their bikes along the street.

She fears someone will get hurt.

“Last year, I felt like ‘oh my goodness, be quiet, a concerned parent, we’ve got this covered.’ Drove down the road this year, almost a year later, nothing is in the works. Nothing is torn up. I don’t see any action,” said Constantine.

News Channel 8 spoke to Pinellas County Public Works manager Gregory Cutrone last September.

“We anticipate starting construction the summer of 2017,” said Cutrone, in a 2016 interview.

He added studies were being done on the road to look at connectivity, pedestrian safety and drainage permits.

He also asked parents to be patient.

Constantine said she’s is disappointed.

“I can’t wait for you to get an answer.,” she said.

On Friday, News Channel 8 went back to speak with Cutrone.

“We ran into a few hitches, quite frankly, we had to do some redesign because we were gonna add, widen the sidewalk adjacent to the school,” he said.

Cutrone said the redesign pushed the project back and caused changes to the permit.

He said there was a public hearing on the issue earlier this year in May, but only a handful of people showed up.

“In the grand scheme of things, we have a long range transportation plan of bicycle, multi-use, sidewalks and trails that will all interconnect,” said Cutrone. “We’re at this point looking for construction. It is anticipated April of 2018.”

Cutrone said the final design is complete and they are now working to get bids and grant funding for the project from the Florida Department of Transportation.

Officials said they wanted to wait until after the school year to start the project.

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