Charlie Crist

10/17/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/17/2019 14:34

CRIST ANNOUNCES $3.9 MILLION FEMA GRANT TO PINELLAS COUNTY FOR TRAFFIC SYSTEM HARDENING

St. Petersburg, FL
- U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) announced a $3.9 million grant to Pinellas County from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant will fund Pinellas County's upgrade of Span Wire Traffic Signals at 16 locations throughout the county, improving and hardening traffic intersections to withstand up to 150 MPH winds, equivalent to a category 4 hurricane.

'Each year, Pinellas County and the Sunshine State prepare their homes and communities for what could be a devastating hurricane season. And with climate change causing stronger and more frequent storms, it's more important than ever that our infrastructure is up to the task when it comes to withstanding these mega storms,' said Congressman Crist. 'Today, I am happy to announce this grant for Pinellas County to protect and strengthen our community against the impacts of severe weather, hardening our traffic systems so they can continue to serve the people of Pinellas when they need it most.'

Information on the Pinellas County, Mast Arm Hardening, Utility Protective Measures grant:
The grant, totaling $3,906,317.00, will fund Pinellas County's upgrade of Span Wire Traffic Signals at 16 identified locations throughout Pinellas County. The upgrades will replace span wires, concrete pole structures, and associated underground infrastructure that supports the traffic signal system with new mast arm structures. The project shall provide protection against 150 MPH winds, which is the wind speed protection and impact requirements indicated by the effective Florida Building Code at the time permits are issued.