Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Construction will close U.S. 19 ramp in Clearwater

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clearwater

Construction will close U.S. 19 ramp

Starting at 8 p.m. Monday, the Florida Department of Transportation will close the entrance ramp south of Drew Street to southbound U.S. 19 for construction work. Traffic accessing southbound U.S. 19 in this area will remain on the frontage road, cross over State Road 60 and get on U.S. 19 from that point. Traffic will be monitored, and the U.S. 19 and State Road 60 signal timing will be adjusted to minimize impacts. Message boards are in place to notify drivers.

Police will monitor traffic near schools

Clearwater police will be stepping up enforcing traffic regulations near schools and school buses as children head back to class next week. From Monday through Wednesday, officers will be conducting Operation School Special Traffic Enforcement Program, intended to discourage dangerous driving around students. Speeding violations in school zones will carry fines ranging from $156 to $456, depending on how fast violators are driving. Officers will also patrol bus stops to ensure that drivers are stopping for school buses that have halted to pick up children. Those who don't stop for a school bus will be fined $271. Police will also be monitoring crosswalks in school zones to make sure drivers don't violate pedestrians' right-of-way.

safety harbor

Commission will discuss golf carts

The Safety Harbor City Commission is scheduled Monday to discuss allowing golf carts on local streets with the results of an online survey conducted in May. City commissioners will also continue looking at stormwater repairs at Bishop Creek, and a public hearing on an increased stormwater utility rate will be held. The City Commission meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 750 Main St.

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