Readers have recently noticed surveyors working along Roosevelt Boulevard from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street to the Interstate 275 overpass, and a few have contacted the Doc inquiring about what's doing.
We touched base with Kris Carson of the state Department of Transportation, who told us that what we're seeing is utility work in advance of the next phase of the mammoth project to build a four-lane divided corridor along Roosevelt Boulevard and 118th Avenue from 49th Street to I-275 as well as the construction of a new connector from U.S. 19 to east of 118th Avenue.
A detailed overview of the plan for each segment of the six-phase project, expected to be complete sometime in 2016, may be reviewed on the DOT website.
Ulmerton left turn sign is confusing drivers
Reader Margaret Chiarelli of Largo is concerned about what she described as confusing messaging on Ulmerton Road in the area where it intersects with Walsingham Road. The sign in question is an arrow on the west side of Ulmerton where it intersects with Walsingham, indicating that motorists should turn left to get onto Walsingham when in fact Walsingham continues westward.
"The sign should have a double arrow, like a backward 'L' so that people will know that westerly Walsingham Road is a continuation of Ulmerton Road," said Chiarelli, who owns a business on Walsingham just east of Indian Rocks Road. She says visitors have difficulty finding her business and often call, at which time Chiarelli instructs them to ignore the left-turn arrow and continue to head west on Ulmerton/Walsingham Road.
We shared Chiarelli's observation with the DOT and Carson told us they will amend the sign.
• The latest on the status of work on Bryan Dairy Road between Starkey and Belcher roads is that the project is on track to be completed in November, according to the engineering folks at Pinellas County Public Works. Stay tuned for updates.
• The fourth annual Palm Harbor Citrus Festival, which runs from March 29 to April 1 and includes a carnival, battle of the bands and other events, will involve some street closures in that area beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday continuing through April 1. The closures include Georgia Avenue from Alt. U.S. 19 to 12th Street; 11th Street from Michigan Avenue to Florida Avenue and the alley south of Nebraska Avenue; and Florida Avenue from Alt. U.S. 19 to Omaha Circle. More information is available at ophmainst.com.
• The Suncoast Brotherhood Chili Cookoff will close Douglas Avenue in Dunedin from San Christopher Drive and San Juan Lane from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1.
• The Clearwater Farmer's Market will close Cleveland Street from Fort Harrison Avenue to Garden Avenue/Station Square between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Wednesday through May 16.
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