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Ask Dr. Delay: There is reasoning behind the placement of speed bumps

It may seem that speed bumps pop up on residential streets overnight and often — judging by the Doc's mailbox — for no good reasons drivers can discern. But as we have discussed here before, contrary to the assumption that speed bumps are arbitrarily dropped from the sky by spiteful traffic-calming fairies, they are collaboratively planned, designed and approved by residents working in partnership with the local government's traffic management team.

If you're a St. Petersburg resident interested in having a look at the current state of your neighborhood's traffic management plan, check it out online at stpete.org/transportation/trafficplans.asp, where you will be able to download a schematic of what's proposed in your neighborhood.

Forums on transit

What will the transit system in Pinellas County look like in the future, and will it include light rail? Ongoing work to formulate a plan that includes a blueprint for transit service connecting major residential, employment and activity centers in Pinellas County and into Hillsborough is moving swiftly. Two forums are set for Tuesday. The first will focus on environmental and livability issues related to the evolving transit plan, immediately followed by a second forum focused on the economic development and land use aspects of the plan. The forums are open to the public.

When: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday

Where: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), 3201 Scherer Drive

Info: For more information on the Pinellas Alternatives Analysis or the forums, visit the project website at PinellasOnTrack.com.

Buses are back

School buses began making dry runs last week in preparation for the opening of school tomorrow, which means drivers should be extra alert after a long summer of having the roads a little less congested, especially during morning rush hour. Be ready for reactivated school crossing zones, buses stopping to pick up or deliver children, and the occasional day-dreaming child on foot or bike who might wander into your path. Put down the cell phone and pay attention, folks.

Barricade watch

• Watch for intermittent lane closures and flaggers in the road on 28th Street from 38th to 54th avenues N as work continues on lowering road shoulders for improved drainage and sidewalk removal and replacement. Concurrent projects will be ongoing most of this week, followed by grading and sod restoration to the east and west sides of the road. This work is scheduled to continue into mid September and will involve partial lane closures and stop-and-go traffic flow.

• Expect slowdowns and temporary lane closures on 86th Avenue N from 94th Street to Starkey Road during work on curbing and drainage improvement, which should be completed this week.

• Resurfacing work continues on Gandy Boulevard between Oak Street and the Gandy Bridge with intermittent daily lane closures between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and alternating nightly lane closures from 7:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

• McMullen-Booth Road traffic from State Road 580 to Curlew Road will experience partial lane closures as well as stop-and-go traffic as sidewalk removal and replacement work followed by grading and sod restoration on the sides of the road through mid-September.

• Seminole drivers should plan to avoid 95th Terrace N between 83rd and 84th streets as the street has been closed for an indeterminate period of time.

Until next week, happy and safe motoring!

E-mail Dr. Delay at DocDelay@gmail.com to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions. Questions selected for publication may be edited for space and clarity. Follow the Doc on Facebook by searching for Ask Dr. Delay.

Ask Dr. Delay: There is reasoning behind the placement of speed bumps 08/20/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 20, 2011 5:31am]

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