Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Transportation

Another road project on tap in Belleair Bluffs

We've heard about some big road project coming up in Belleair Bluffs. It seems like we just got through the interminable Belleair Beach Causeway replacement project. What's happening now and how long will it last?

A road reconstruction project is indeed about to get under way, which will include installing a storm water system in addition to street upgrades. Work is scheduled to start next week and should wrap up sometime in April. Though no full road closures are planned, some streets will be open to local traffic only. The affected streets are Sunset Drive, between Bluff View Drive and Cortez Avenue; Cortez, between Renatta Drive and Pinehurst Avenue; and Pinehurst, from Lentz Road to the dead end.

Lane-separating reflectors on almost all divided highways are white on one side, red on the other. If you are going in the correct direction, the reflector will appear white, but if you are going in the wrong direction the reflector will appear red. I've told numerous people about this and no one had noticed it before, but they were astonished at how obvious it was once I pointed it out to them. I researched the Driver's Manual and did not see it mentioned. I felt I should share this information due to the numerous "wrong way" vehicle accidents that have occurred in our area.

Spencer Trimble

This is a good point worthy of mention. Reflective pavement markers are helpful in providing both information and illumination, especially at night or during rain on roadways with no or minimal street lighting. Depending on the city and state you're traveling in, pavement markers may be white, red, orange, yellow, green or blue. White and yellow markers are usually used to help motorists see and stay in the proper lanes, while center lanes have orange or amber markers. Blue reflectors are used to help emergency responders locate fire hydrants and green markers are often used to mark utility locations. And, yes, if you're driving at night and the road reflectors facing you appear to be red, this is an indication that you might be heading in the wrong direction.

Barricade watch

• The state Department of Transportation has announced that lane closures will be suspended on the interstate system in the construction zones in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Hernando counties during the Labor Day weekend. Work will resume Tuesday.

• The long holiday weekend also means it's time for a reminder that the "Tow to Go" safety program, funded by the nonprofit AAA Traffic Safety Foundation and Bud Light, offers a confidential, safe, free ride home for impaired drivers. The service will ferry drivers who have had too much to drink home from any bar or restaurant free of charge and a free tow home of the vehicle is included. Participating tow trucks can take up to two people home if needed but this isn't a limo service — Tow to Go doesn't take reservations; it should be an absolute last-resort phone call. The number to call is (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246. Have a safe weekend, everyone.

Contact Dr. Delay at [email protected] or P.O. Box 4954, Seminole, FL 33775 to share your traffic concerns. Follow @AskDrDelay.

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