Over 300 people attended and were treated to a host of salads and desserts contributed by attendees as well as sumptuous bratwursts and hot dogs prepared by the Michigan Ave Grillers and a variety of different beers provided by St. Pete Brewing.
The success of an event like this is not the result of one person, but of a great number of volunteers. I’ll not attempt to name them all but understand that your contributions are highly valued.
I would like to thank the sponsors of the Oktoberfest:
Look for a return of this event in 2018. The food bank at St. Vincent de Paul happily took our excess food to serve those in St. Pete who are less fortunate.
Venetian Isles Homeowners Association, President
From Officer Donald Herring, St Petersburg Police Department a short time ago this morning:
40th Ave Bridge
40th Avenue bridge reopened at 10 a.m. this morning for in and out traffic. The speed limit is posted at 15 mph. The bridge does not have a lane of passage for bicyclist or pedestrian traffic so please do not go over the bridge that way. There is very limited space for vehicles. Thank you for your cooperation.
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From the City of St Petersburg a short time ago today:
40th Ave Bridge to Resume Two-Way Traffic Pattern Wednesday
After days of utility re-location and rerouting of traffic lanes, the 40th Avenue NE Bridge will be open for two-way traffic starting on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. One lane of east bound and one lane of west bound traffic will be squeezed to the outer edges of the bridge, so that engineers can more closely inspect the interior and center pieces of the span. “This modification of traffic allows us the room to work safely,” said City of St. Petersburg Engineering Director Brejesh Prayman. “It also allows traffic to work both east- and west-bound at the same time restoring access for residents.” Traffic will be able to use the bridge after the morning-rush hour subsides Wednesday, allowing for drivers to get used to the new pattern for a few hours before the afternoon traffic picks up. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution and adhere to the reduced speed limit of 15 mph. Pedestrians are advised to utilize alternate routes. Trucks using the bridge are required to strictly adhere to the posted weight limits and reduced speeds.
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From the City of St Petersburg earlier today:
Paving Underway. Bridge Set for Mid-Week Re-Opening
The re-location of private utilities along the 40th Avenue Bridge between Northeast Park and Shore Acres is continuing to show progress. The removal of the Jersey barriers along the far northern -- and now southern -- portions of the span is allowing the paving and reconfiguration of a single lane of traffic in each direction. Once the work to re-locate utility lines is completed, the paving and modification of traffic can also be finished. The plan is to have the two-way traffic plan operational by mid-week. Director of Engineering and Capital Improvements Brejesh Prayman says that “reestablishing residents’ access and safety is a priority,” and he looks forward to sharing more specifics with residents and stakeholders at tonight’s meeting at the Shore Acres Recreation Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. That meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 this evening. We will continue to update bridge status and projected re-opening details as that information becomes available.
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From the City of St Petersburg this afternoon:
40th Ave Bridge Remains Closed To Motorists For Now
After more than a week of work on removal and relocation of private utility lines, crews are hopeful to have a good chance of reopening the 40th Avenue Bridge with one lane in each direction (BOTH east- and west-bound) by the middle of next week. “Progress continues,” according to Brejesh Prayman, Director of Engineering and Capital Improvements for the City of St. Petersburg. He went on to point out that earlier plans of alternating one-way traffic on the north side of the span while work progressed on the southernmost Jersey barriers would have slowed the progress and not been as safe for workers or motorists. In the meantime, pedestrian and bicyclists can use the bridge until the modification of traffic is complete and vehicular traffic returns.
Boaters should see no effect once again this weekend beneath the span which connects Northeast Park and Shore Acres. Once the traffic is moved to the edges of the bridge, engineers will be able to conduct further investigation into appropriate remediation of its compromised parts. Mr. Prayman will join other local officials at 6:30 Monday evening (8/21) at the Shore Acres Recreation Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd, to discuss the bridge and other resident’s concerns. He will have the latest update then. We will continue to update bridge status here as well.
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From the City of St Petersburg today:
Work Progressing on 40th Avenue Bridge 8/16/2017
Work on the rerouting of vehicular traffic is continuing on the 40th Avenue Bridge connecting Shore Acres and Northeast Park. The northernmost Jersey barrier has been removed and utility lines have been relocated, allowing for paving of a new travel lane on the outermost edge of the span. Crews from Duke Energy are expected to remove the southernmost Jersey barrier and relocate power lines today and tomorrow. With that work completed, traffic engineers will reroute an additional travel lane along the southern edge of the span, creating two way traffic across the bridge by early next week. We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.
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Update from the City of St Petersburg today:
Work is underway on both repairs and modification of traffic plans around the closed 40th Avenue Bridge. Video UPDATE: https://youtu.be/tNng08VqYbI
While the waters beneath the span remain open to boat traffic, the main link between the Northeast Park and Shore Acres neighborhoods is still a no-go for vehicular traffic. Concrete cutting crews were on the job early Monday morning to remove the barriers that separate the roadway and pedestrian walkways on the north side of the bridge while cyclists and pedestrians can still use the southernmost walkway. Plans -- as of now -- are to remove these barriers and relocate the utilities that are inside. A single lane of traffic is then expected to have LOCAL access along the edge of the bridge in a one-way pattern with flag or traffic lighting controls in place – hopefully by the end of this week.
Further efforts to initiate two-way traffic around repairs of the bridge deck will be ongoing as work progresses. We will continue to monitor the work and update as needed.
Please be advised that the City of St Petersburg issued the following statement on the Nextdoor website a short time ago today:
40th Ave Bridge to Close for Emergency Repairs
St. Petersburg Fla. (August 11, 2017) – Following independent inspection of the structural integrity of the 40th Avenue Bridge, the span which connects the neighborhoods of Northeast Park and Shore Acres will be closed to traffic for approximately two weeks to initiate emergency repairs. At the request of the City of St. Petersburg, consultants performed a field review of the bridge Thursday August 10, 2017. At that time, inspectors noted an accelerated deterioration of supporting strands as loose concrete covering them was removed. The concern of the consultants was relayed to city engineering personnel, who made the immediate decision to close the bridge and commence emergency repairs. “This is something that we felt we needed to do,“ said Director of Engineering and Capital Improvement Projects Brejesh Prayman. “Right now.” The original center parts of the bridge appear to be the most at-risk, according to the consultant’s report. Engineers are examining the possibility that traffic can be re-routed to the structurally sound edges sides of the span while contractors complete the needed emergency repairs and replacement of the interior bridge portions. Re-routing of the vehicular traffic will happen first – and will likely force the closure of pedestrian walkways for a longer period of time. In the interim, traffic will need to use the Snell Isle Boulevard NE Bridge just to the south of the closure onto the island or – from the north -- use the Bayou Grande Boulevard access from 62nd Avenue N. “We realize that this emergency closure and repair process is an inconvenience,” said Prayman. “But the safety of our residents is of the utmost importance.”
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