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Left-turn arrows designed to ease flow on 58th St. N at Roosevelt

New turn arrows at the intersection of 58th Street N and Roosevelt Boulevard have generated questions from many readers.

Bill Hammond, who reflects the general tone of most e-mails we've received on the topic, wrote, "Did they get the working order wrong? The turn arrows are for traffic on 58th Street but they're really needed for traffic on Roosevelt Boulevard trying to turn onto 58th Street."

We touched base with Keith Crawford, signals and systems engineer for the state Department of Transportation, who told us the intersection has been studied many times for left-turn arrows. In the most recent study, the DOT monitored the volume of left turns in each direction (north-south traffic on 58th and east-west traffic on Roosevelt) for a one-hour period in the morning and again in the afternoon.

They saw that 41 southbound vehicles on 58th Street had to wait for a second green light before they were able to turn. Monitoring northbound traffic on 58th, they counted 61 vehicles that had to wait for a second green light before turning. For eastbound traffic on Roosevelt, the DOT counted 13 vehicles waiting for a second green signal to turn and for westbound traffic only four vehicles had to wait for a second green signal. Based on this information, the DOT installed left-turn arrows to support traffic flow on 58th.

Bryan Dairy work set for November 2012 finish

Dr. Mark Sokolov asked us about the projected date of completion of the current road and drainage work on Bryan Dairy Road. We mentioned the commencement of the project a few weeks ago and noted that the anticipated end date is sometime in November. What we neglected to include was the year. We checked in with Marq Caughell, spokesman for Pinellas County, who confirmed that the section of Bryan Dairy between Starkey Road and 72nd Street N is scheduled to be complete by Nov. 25, 2012. Motorists should expect delays and lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. with one lane maintained in both directions at all times.

Officers will be vigilant, and you should be, too

The Doc reminds everyone that the Florida Highway Patrol, as well as local law enforcement, will be conducting stepped-up check points throughout the holiday weekend, which extends into Tuesday morning. Officers will be on the roads in full force looking for impaired motorists, speeding and seat belt violations.

If the FHP's results of enhanced enforcement during the Memorial Day weekend are an indicator, officers will be busy. The four-day Memorial Day weekend resulted in nearly 14,500 citations issued statewide including 5,600 for speeding, 2,700 for safety belt violations and 163 DUIs. Let's hope that number is decreased this weekend.

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Until next week, happy and safe motoring!

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Left-turn arrows designed to ease flow on 58th St. N at Roosevelt 07/02/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 2, 2011 4:30am]
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