Thursday, January 18, 2018
Transportation

Ask Dr. Delay: Why not restrict turns on Gandy near Derby Lane?

Eastbound traffic on Gandy Boulevard must make a U-turn to go into Pinewood Village mobile home park. The traffic coming out of the dog track to head east on Gandy and the traffic crossing Gandy from the Tortuga apartments make this an accident ready to happen. The solution to this problem would be right turns only from the dog track and the apartment complex. Could you check this out?

Donald L. Bayt

A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation says that a review of the crash history at this median opening will be conducted to determine whether action such as channelizing the median opening is warranted in this location. Stay tuned.

I live on Evergreen Avenue in Clearwater. Some men with a truck were planting little flags at the corner of my yard a couple of months ago and when I asked what they were doing, they told me Evergreen Avenue will be having more traffic calming construction. He said a roundabout will be erected on the corner of Evergreen and Campbell Court. Is that true? Would you know when construction will begin on this project? That isn't a cross street intersection and it doesn't seem possible they would put a roundabout right there.

Nancy Peeples

We checked in with Paul Bertels, with the city of Clearwater, who told us that a mini-circle will indeed be installed at Evergreen and Campbell Court. The circle will include an impressed brick paver median with some landscaped islands on Evergreen Avenue south of Campbell Court. This traffic calming measure is being done at the request of residents, Bertels says.

"The city has been working through the neighborhood association for years and in fact the plans are posted on the association Web page," he said.

I am writing on behalf of my mother. She and a friend were traveling on the Suncoast Parkway a couple of weeks ago and saw many areas along the Parkway shoulders that had yellow tape. My mother is wondering what the tape is for. She of course is hoping that the tape is a marker for flower beds. She is a plant lover.

Kathy Myers

The tape alerted workers about the location of the homes of some wildlife alongside the roadway. Christa Deason of the FDOT tells us that work has recently begun on the northern end of the Suncoast Parkway in Hernando County that will include the roadway shoulders.

Before this work could commence, workers needed to relocate three gopher tortoises, which required working with the Department of Environmental Protection.

The yellow tape your mother and her friend noticed identified the tortoise burrows for the environmental team in charge of the relocation.

But hopes of flowers along the roadway will become reality thanks to summer weather.

"Now that we are finally getting our summer rain, your readers will be able to enjoy miles of wildflower plantings along the Suncoast Parkway well into fall," Deason said.

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