BELLEAIR BEACH, FL. - The Belleair Beach Causeway Bridge opened to two-way traffic on Friday, May 29. The bridge that connects the Pinellas County mainland peninsula to the barrier islands is 80 percent complete. Full completion of the project is anticipated by the end of the year.
Begun in March 2007, the $72.3 million infrastructure project has continued on time and on budget, with bridge builders facing few weather delays and only one nonstructural repair.
The full scope of work encompasses 1.5 miles of a new large span "main" bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, a small relief bridge, as well as an approaching causeway roadway in Belleair Bluffs to the east and Belleair Shore and Belleair Beach to the west. In addition, new storm drains, retaining walls, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, curbs and gutters and a widened roadway will provide safe use for the public.