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Ask Dr. Delay: Has drag racing returned in St. Pete?

The Doc reported a few years ago about weekend drag racing in the Fourth Street/Gandy area that started at 1 a.m. and went on until 3:30. Most of the activity was cars racing across the Gandy Bridge starting on the St. Petersburg side. At the time, a spokesperson for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office told us law enforcement is often hindered by an organized underground group determined to break the law and evade police.

Residents in the area say the activity waned for a while, but the problem has come roaring back and continues to escalate. The good news is that undercover officers are documenting the activity to include photographing the spectators and even overhead surveillance by aircraft. Law enforcement officials say residents can help by continuing to report racing activity.

Motorcyclists invited on fundraising run

Motorists should be prepared to share the road with lots of motorcycles Saturday as the first Coast Riders Motorcycle Run, which will benefit Crime Stoppers, hits the road. The event includes a police-escorted 31-mile motorcycle ride that starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Tierra Verde Resort Marina and ends at Coachman Park in Clearwater. The route will take motorcyclists west across the Pinellas Bayway and follow Gulf Boulevard north to Coachman Park. Organizers told the Doc that they are hoping for as many as 500 motorcycle riders to take part. For cost and more information, visit

Barricade watch

Tarpon Springs: S Japonica Avenue will be closed for approximately two weeks between E Court Street and E Tarpon Avenue (Keystone Road). The detour route is S Jasmine Avenue to access Court Street.

Palm Harbor/Oldsmar: Expect nightly lane closures and delays on McMullen-Booth Road between State Road 580 and the Tampa Road Overpass, as workers mill and resurface the segment. Work should last about another week.

Dunedin: Douglas Road at Orangewood Drive is scheduled for closure due to a drainage project. Traffic will be detoured at Beltrees Street and Union Street to Milwaukee Avenue through Feb. 10.

Email Ask Dr. Delay at to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions or follow Dr. Delay on Twitter @AskDrDelay. Questions selected for publication may be edited for space and clarity.

Ask Dr. Delay: Has drag racing returned in St. Pete? 02/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 4, 2012 3:32am]
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