Project Status for the Westwinds and Crosswinds Bridges Project

The project contractor’s Notice to Proceed took effect on July 6, 2020, and construction is underway. Pinellas County understands the inconvenience, and in some cases hardship, this construction may cause. We will make every effort to minimize those occurrences.

Project Updates

  • October 12, 2022
    • Crosswinds
      • The project is currently on hold awaiting authorization from the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) to permit the construction of a cofferdam across the canal for the installation of the new sanitary sewer line which must be placed under the bridge. Conversations with permitting agencies during the design process indicated the sewer line was an exempt activity; however, the construction of the cofferdam is not.
      • We are working closely with the USACE to move the permit along as quickly as possible. The contractor will resume activities as soon as the permit is received. We know this is a major inconvenience and we appreciate your patience.
  • June 10, 2022:
    • Crosswinds
      • After a delay due to utility relocations and ordering additional construction materials, the contractor will begin operations to install new sheetpiling for the north side of the bridge on June 13, 2022. This phase of work is expected to last approximately three months. Residents can expect elevated noise levels during piledriving operations.
      • The work requires switching the existing sanitary line to the recently installed sanitary bypass to allow for the installation of the sheetpiling and the installation of a cofferdam for the replacement of the existing sanitary line under the canal. No interruptions to sewer or water service are expected. Existing traffic patterns will remain in place.
  • April 29, 2022:
    • Crosswinds
      • Phase II construction on the Crosswinds Bridge will begin on May 9, 2022. The canal will be closed to all vessels until further notice and demolition of the north section of the existing bridge will begin.
  • April 1, 2022:
    • Crosswinds
      • Awaiting Duke Energy’s relocation of the electrical power lines to the south side of the bridge.
  • January 13, 2022:
    • Crosswinds
      • The County’s contractor is preparing to switch the traffic pattern over Crosswinds Dr. Bridge to the south side for Phase II construction.
  • October 18, 2021:
    • Crosswinds
      • Pinellas County’s contractor will open the Crosswinds Bridge canal by the end of the week. It will remain open until demolition begins on the north side of the old bridge in early December.
      • The bridge is scheduled to be completed in November 2022.
  • July 27, 2021:
    • Westwinds
      • The new Westwinds Bridge has been completed and is open. Construction continues on the Crosswinds Bridge.
Westwinds Bridge replacement in Palm Harbor
New Westwinds Bridge completed July 2021
  • June 10, 2021:
    • Westwinds
      • The intersection of Cardinal Trail and Westwinds Drive will be closed on Tuesday, June 15, for paving of the intersection and bridge approach.
      • Residents who live west of Cardinal Trail will need to use Oak Bluff Drive to access Klosterman Road.
  • May 28, 2021:
    • Westwinds
      • Roadway and drainage system construction continues on both the east and west sides of the bridge.
      • The contactor will complete all work on the east side of the bridge first, with placement of asphalt pavement expected in late June.
      • Opening of the bridge to all traffic is anticipated for fall 2021.
    • Crosswinds
      • During the first week of June, installation of the sheet piles for new sea walls will continue on the south half of the bridge.
      • The contractor will begin installation of the foundation piles the following week.
  • April 20, 2021:
    • Westwinds
      • With construction at the bridge entering its final stages, the contractor will move the crane to Crosswinds Drive Bridge early next week (approximately April 26-27).
      • Residents are reminded this is still an active construction site, and only authorized personnel should enter.
    • Crosswinds
      • Once the crane is up and running next week (approximately April 28-29), demolition of the south half of the bridge will begin. That will be followed by the installation of the sheet piling and bridge foundation piles.
      • Residents are reminded to stay clear of construction.
  • February 5, 2021:
    • Crosswinds
      • The canal at Crosswinds Dr. bridge will be closed to all vessels starting 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22.
      • Closure is in preparation for demo of the south half of the bridge and will be 24/7 until further notice.
  • February 1, 2021:
    • Westwinds
      • Concrete beams have been placed for the bridge deck.
      • Placement of the concrete bridge deck will begin the week of Feb. 15.
    • Crosswinds
      • The Crosswinds Drive bridge temporary traffic plan (Phase 1) goes into effect on Thursday, Feb. 4.
      • Traffic will be reduced to one lane over the north side of the bridge, controlled with a temporary signal.
      • Once the south side of the new bridge is completed traffic will shift to that south side while the north side is constructed.  One-lane of traffic will be maintained throughout the construction duration.
      • The Traffic Control Plan map is available to view the traffic pattern.

The Crosswinds Drive bridge temporary traffic plan (Phase 1) goes into effect on Thursday, Feb. 4. Traffic will be reduced to one lane over the north side of bridge, controlled with a temporary signal.
  • January 15, 2021:
    • Westwinds
      • Installation of the bridge foundation has been completed. The contractor is scheduled to begin installing the bridge deck on Jan. 21, pending concrete strength test results.
      • The canal continues to be closed to vessels during weekday working hours.
      • Bridge construction is on schedule for completion by June 2021.
    • Crosswinds
      • Construction will begin on Feb. 1 with the activation of temporary traffic signals, restricting bridge traffic to one lane on the north side.
      • Water main relocation will take place in early February, followed by demolition of the south half of the bridge.
      • Temporary closure of the canal will be required. Duration to be announced.
      • Crosswinds Bridge is scheduled for completion in September 2022.
  • October 12, 2020:
    • Westwinds
      • For your safety, avoid visiting the Westwinds Drive bridge construction site at all times. Please observe all posted signage, and do not allow children to use the utility bridge to cross the canal.
  • October 7, 2020:
    • Westwinds
      • The Westwinds Drive canal will be open on weekends beginning Friday evening, Oct. 9. Vessels will be able to transit the canal from Fridays at 7 p.m. through Mondays at 7 a.m. until further notice. Users are cautioned to observe the new seawall locations and temporary utility bridge in the construction area.
  • September 22, 2020:
    • Westwinds
      • The Westwinds Drive canal will remain closed to vessel traffic through Oct. 16 due to underground conditions and subsequent plan revisions that have extended the schedule for installation of the bridge foundations. The contractor hopes to begin opening the canal on weekends after Oct. 16. On weekends, the canal would be open from 7 p.m. on Friday nights until 7 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
  • August 13, 2020:
    • Westwinds
      • Due to difficulty the contractor has encountered in sheet pile installation, the canal at Westwinds bridge will remain closed to all vessels. The closure is expected to last through September, but residents will be updated as efforts progress. Construction noise levels could increase at times due to the contractor’s need to use heavier-duty equipment. The delay is due to unforeseen subsurface conditions.
  • August 7, 2020:
    • Westwinds
      • The Canal at Westwinds bridge will remain closed through Friday, Aug. 14, due to ongoing sheet pile installation.
  • July 30, 2020:
    • Westwinds
      • The Canal at Westwinds bridge will be closed to all vessels from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3 through Friday, Aug. 7. due to ongoing construction.
      • Residents living near the bridge can expect increased construction noise between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3 through Friday, Aug. 7, due to sheet pile installation.
      • The intersection of Westwinds Drive and Crosswinds Drive is being closed indefinitely (red on the map). A new detour will use Innisfil Street and Manor Blvd. (green). Residents living beyond the “Road Closed” sign on Westwinds Dr. (yellow) will still have driveway access. Residents on Crosswinds Dr. (blue) will need to use Manor Blvd. and Innisfil St. to enter and leave home.
Maintenance of Traffic map for the Westwinds bridge area showing traffic diverted to Manor Blvd and Innisfil St
  • July 28, 2020:
    • Westwinds
      • Water service will be interrupted overnight on Thursday, July 30, beginning at 11 p.m. due to utility line relocation work. Affected residents are being notified. Every effort will be made to minimize the water shutdown period. When service is restored, please run cold water through all fixtures for several minutes. If delayed, the work will take place overnight on Sunday, Aug. 2.
  • July 23, 2020:
    • Westwinds
      • The canal at Westwinds Bridge will be closed to all vessels from 7 a.m. on Monday, July 27, until 7 p.m. on Friday, July 31. During this time, the contractor will be removing the Westwinds Bridge structure. Residents with boats needing canal passage at the bridge should make alternate arrangements. (Note: Two days were added to the closure because of a construction delay.)
  • July 20, 2020:
    • Westwinds
      • The canal at Westwinds Bridge will be closed to all vessels from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 22, 23 and 24.
  • July 16, 2020:
    • Westwinds
      • The crane at Westwinds bridge is now up and running.
      • Contractor (AEB) will be installing a temporary utility bridge on the south side of Westwinds bridge July 16-17. The canal will be closed during this time.
  • July 9, 2020:
    • Westwinds
      • July 6 – Westwinds Drive was closed at the bridge; detour in place.
      • The contractor is currently in the initial phase of utility relocations and bridge demolition.
    • Crosswinds
      • Crosswinds Drive bridge is currently open.
      • Later July – Traffic control plan will restrict traffic flow to one lane with temporary signalization and the contractor will begin Phase 1 of the Crosswinds Bridge replacement.
  • July 6, 2020: Contractor’s Notice to Proceed will take effect. Construction is expected to begin in late summer.
  • June 24, 2020: Residents participated in the virtual Westwinds and Crosswinds Bridges Neighborhood Information Meeting via Zoom, from 6 – 7 p.m. held by County staff and project engineers.
  • April 2017: Design work is completed for Westwinds and Crosswinds Bridges.
  • October/December 2014: Design work began for Westwinds and Crosswinds Bridges.