Burbank Road extension will bridge gap over railroad tracks

The Oldsmar City Council recently approved an agreement that calls for an extension of Burbank Road to be built over the existing CSX railroad tracks.

Burbank Road extension Oldsmar

The Oldsmar City Council recently approved a service agreement with a local consulting firm to design the plans for an extension of Burbank Road, which will ultimately bridge the gap caused by the existing CSX railroad tracks.

The Oldsmar City Council recently approved an agreement with a local consulting firm to design an extension that will allow vehicles to pass over the CSX railroad tracks on Burbank Road.

The extension will bridge the gap that currently exists between the north and south sections of Burbank, which is flanked by a McDonald’s on the south end and the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team’s home base, as well as an important industrial corridor along Douglas Avenue, to the north.

According to city officials, the $120,000 contract with George F. Young, Inc. is the first step in what is estimated to be a million-dollar-plus project.

“As the council is aware, we did receive a grant from the state of Florida for one and a half million dollars for the design and construction of Burbank Road,” City Attorney Bruce Haddock said when the item came up during the August 2 City Council meeting.

“This is what I refer to as the missing link between Douglas Road and the railroad.”

A star marks the spot on this Google Maps screenshot where an extension will connect the two sides of Burbank Road in Oldsmar, ultimately bridging the gap caused by the existing CSX railroad tracks.

A star marks the spot on this Google Maps screenshot where an extension will connect the two sides of Burbank Road in Oldsmar, ultimately bridging the gap caused by the existing CSX railroad tracks.

According to the terms of the agreement, the St. Pete based firm will draw up the design plans and bid documents for the extension, which will run from 50 feet north of Douglas Road to approximately 300 feet south of the tracks.

The CSX railroad tracks bisecting Burbank Road in Oldsmar.

The CSX railroad tracks on Burbank Road in Oldsmar.

In addition to preparing surveys and permit applications, conducting analyses and submitting roadway plans for the design of the extension, the contract allows the city to permit GFY to extend the agreement to include construction phase services.

Final approval of the finished plans is expected to take six to seven months.

After the meeting, Mayor Doug Bevis said the project would benefit Oldsmar residents and visitors.

“Right now, Burbank Road is really a road to nowhere because of the train tracks,” Bevis told Oldsmar Connect. “There’s no way to get from point A to point B.”

“This extension will ease some of the congestion on Race Track and Tampa roads, and make it easier to get to the water ski team’s facility and the industrial area on Douglas Road,” he added. “It will be a nice addition to the area.”

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