Gather 'round, Ulmerton Road commuters, it's time to prepare yourselves for the Aug. 2 start of a new phase of road work. The Florida Department of Transportation project, which will widen Ulmerton from 119th Street to the Seminole Bypass Canal, will last a little more than a year; the projected completion date is sometime in November 2012. A year is a long time, but we'll have lots more space and cool new traffic signals when it's done.
Here's the scoop from Kris Carson of the DOT: Ulmerton Road will be widened to six through lanes with various improvements along the way. Modifications will be made to medians at Palm Avenue, Block Drive and 10th Street SE, which means that full median openings will be changed to directional left turns at the Lowe's entrance, Old Ridge Road, Railroad Avenue and 117th Street. Improvements to intersections along the 1.5-mile stretch include adding dual left turn lanes on Ulmerton Road onto Ridge Road/113th Street S and the addition of a new left turn lane on southbound Ridge Road for traffic heading onto westbound Ulmerton.
An additional left turn lane will be added at the intersection of Ulmerton and Seminole Boulevard for northbound and southbound traffic turning onto Ulmerton. New poles and hurricane-resistant signals will be installed at Ridge Road/113th Street, Seminole Boulevard (Alt. U.S. 19), 101st Street and the Largo Mall entrance.
Most work will occur during the day with overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. and possible lane closures at major intersections during weekends. Weekend work would start Friday evenings and last until Monday morning.
PSTA seeks comments on bus service changes
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will hold a public hearing this week to hear comments on proposed bus service modifications, which, if approved, would be effective Oct. 2. Proposed changes include combining or changing several routes, times and trips to include ending the Suncoast Beach Trolley at 75th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard.
Written comments are welcome and should be addressed to: PSTA Service Modification Public Hearing, 3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For the official record, include your name and address on all correspondence. Visit PSTA.net to see a full list of the proposed changes.
At last, the much-needed resurfacing of Duhme Road from the Tom Stuart Causeway to 54th Avenue N is on the Pinellas County construction administration schedule to get started this week. Work is scheduled to wrap up in early August. Motorists should expect delays and detours. The Doc's call to the county to confirm the date has not been returned, so keep your fingers crossed, Seminole drivers.
Until next week, happy and safe motoring!
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