Friday, July 20, 2018
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Timing of lights at intersection causing issues for drivers

Someone thought it would be a good idea to change the timing of the light at the intersection of 102nd Avenue and Seminole Boulevard. Eastbound traffic on 102nd is now backing up to 113th Street during the busy times of day. We are having a hard time getting out of our neighborhood. This was never a problem before. Not only is the timing messed up, but the signal randomly gives left turn arrows for all sides. Sometimes at the beginning, sometimes at the end of the cycle, sometimes one side and not the other and through traffic sometimes doesn't even get to go. The whole thing is really messed up.

Debora Raszetnik

We've heard from many readers about this intersection in Seminole and passed your comments along to Pinellas County's traffic management department.

Signal system supervisor Norman Jester told us that Seminole Boulevard is a work in progress. New software that has recently been installed can operate differently than the previous software utilized to manage the flow of traffic countywide. This means that signals may not cycle in patterns we have become accustomed to. For example, Jester says that a left turn may come up at the beginning of the through movement or at the end.

"This appears to some as being skipped, but they do get the signal. This is done to make the best use of green time around the intersection and minimize delays. We are working with our timing consultant right now and should have any issues on this corridor worked out shortly," Jester said.

Barricade watch

• Lane closures along Seminole Boulevard that began earlier this week are expected to last approximately three weeks. Two northbound lanes on Seminole Boulevard will remain closed while Pinellas County crews repair a broken sewer main in the area of Seminole Boulevard and 16th Avenue SE. The break in a sewer main, which was discovered last week, caused roadway damage, which has since been repaired. Congestion and traffic delays are expected while the sewer repair work is ongoing, so it's a good idea to use one of the suggested detour routes — Ridge Road or Starkey Road — in the meantime.

• On Treasure Island, motorists should be alert for streetlight installation work along Gulf Boulevard now through July 1. New lights will be installed from 105th Avenue to 127th Avenue; work requires the closure of the northbound curb lane. Motorists should be prepared for lane shifts and traffic delays as well as intermittent sidewalk closures. The second phase is scheduled for the southbound side of the stretch and that work will begin in July running through November.

• Be prepared for possible nighttime closure of one southbound lane of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge/I-275/U.S. 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday due to routine maintenance work.

Email Dr. Delay at [email protected] to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions. Follow @AskDrDelay.

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