Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pink flags are preparation for bike lanes

What's happening along 30th Avenue N between 34th Street and 49th Street? Residents have recently noticed pink flags in front of some homes and some wonder if a widening project is in the works.

The city is conducting a survey and preliminary design in preparation for a small widening project to facilitate future bicycle lanes, according to Mike Frederick, St. Petersburg's transportation manager.

"As you know, the existing bicycle lane is not continuous between 34th Street and 66th Street. This project will provide additional pavement width where needed to provide a continuous dedicated bicycle lane in both directions," Frederick said last week. The road widening work is scheduled to start some time in 2014.

My concern is about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N. From Fifth Avenue to 94th Avenue N, it is one patch on top of another of grooved and worn roadway, especially from 62nd Avenue to 94th Avenue. Who is responsible for this roadway, and when will it be repaved as they did on 49th Street?

Sylvia Fies

Thomas Gibson, St. Petersburg's director of engineering, says there are indeed plans to resurface Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N from 62nd Avenue to 94th Avenue. Work will start in late 2014 or early 2015. Storm drainage improvements designed to reduce street flooding will be included in the plans for construction along the MLK corridor between 83rd and 90th avenues, and the resurfacing will be coordinated to follow the utility work. Drainage improvements are to begin some time between August and March 2014.

Parking pass drops to $40

Treasure Island's annual beach parking pass has been lowered to $40 from $75, with sales limited to residents of Treasure Island. If you already have a $75 parking pass, you have until the close of business Friday to receive a $35 refund at City Hall, 120 108th Avenue.

Treasure Island spokesman Jeff Jensen said Treasure Island residents and property owners formerly paid $5 to purchase a yearlong pass that allowed parking in beachfront lots and avoidance of the $1.50 per hour parking meter fees.

But, Jensen says, the state's Department of Environmental Protection recently warned Treasure Island that if the parking passes were available to Treasure Island residents only, the city risked losing millions of dollars in beach renourishment funding.

This was the push behind the $75 parking passes that went on sale to the public in January.

Visit the city's website for more information: www.mytreasureisland.org

Barricade watch

Scheduled road and lane closures in North Pinellas this week include:

• Intermittent eastbound lane closures on Marilyn Street from Kerry Drive to Patricia Avenue until Friday due to installation of a water pipeline.

• Lane closures of Sharkey Road from Oberlin Drive to Lake Forest Road from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Tuesday due to road work.

• Ongoing milling and resurfacing work on Alderman Road stretching from Regal Oaks Boulevard to Lakepointe Road is estimated to wrap up Wednesday. Drivers can expect temporary lane closures and delays. The suggested alternate route is to take Highlands Boulevard.

Email Dr. Delay at docdelay@gmail.com to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions or follow @AskDrDelay on Twitter.

Pink flags are preparation for bike lanes 03/16/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 3:11pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tonight: Hear ideas for remaking downtown Tampa interchange

    Transportation

    TAMPA — New concepts for rebuilding the downtown interchange will be discussed at a Florida Department of Transportation community meeting Monday night.

    The Florida Department of Transportation renamed its controversial Tampa Bay Express plan, also known as TBX. The plan is now known as Tampa Bay Next, or TBN. [Florida Department of Transportation]
  2. Did you watch the second episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery'? Or just the first?

    Blogs

    CBS finally, finally, finally premiered its long-awaited new Star Trek series Discovery on Sunday night, albeit a bit delayed after 60 Minutes.

    Michelle Yeoh and Sonequa Martin-Green play the captain and first officer of the Shenzhou.
  3. Rick Scott's office deleted critical messages related to post-hurricane nursing home deaths

    As Florida continues to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, more confusion builds around the 11 heat-related deaths at a South Florida nursing home following the storm earlier this month.

    Police surround the Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills, Fla., which had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power. Several patients at the sweltering nursing home died in the storm's aftermath. [John McCall | South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP]
  4. J.T. Brown of Lightning respects NFL players' protests

    Blogs

    There was something in the air in the NFL on Sunday. President Trump’s comments and tweets on NFL player protests achieved the effect of creating more of them. Lightning winger J.T. Brown was asked about it as he stood in a hall at Amalie Arena, a few hours before the Lightning played the Florida Panthers in …

    J.T. Brown, one of about 30 African-American players in the National Hockey League, would not rule out that he might protest.
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1

    Events

    MegaCon Tampa: The multi-genre convention brings a lineup of celebrity guests and comic book creators to the Tampa Convention Center Friday-Sunday, including icon Stan Lee, William Shatner, above, Kevin Smith and Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin from Stranger Things. Shop hundreds of vendors selling …

    Courtesy Adultswim