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Ask Dr. Delay: Work on 38th Avenue left annoying dip

The new and improved 38th Avenue N near U.S. 19 has apparently failed to delight everyone because of one particular drawback. Several readers have contacted the Doc to point out a dip in the road, which many find annoying and even dangerous. While the Doc must admit to sort of enjoying the dip, she seems to be in the minority. Here's a sample of typical mail (this one is from Paul Mathis):

"Hey Doc,

The recently completed reconstruction of 38th Avenue N under the railroad tracks is an accident waiting to happen. When are they going to correct the big dip? Heading west on 38th, the dip is at 31st Street, and heading east at 31st Street it swerves up roughly. Everyone I know who uses 38th Avenue that I have talked to agrees!"

We got in touch with Pinellas County's traffic engineering folks and they have in turn asked the contractor who did the work on the corridor to look into some corrective milling of the road. In the meantime, slow down and don't drive 38th with a cup of hot coffee in your hand (which you shouldn't do anyway but in this case, it's a really, truly bad idea).

starkey and Bryan dairy

Lanes will stay closed for work on intersection

Wondering what's up with the closure of the turn lanes on Starkey and Bryan Dairy roads, and, more important, when the lanes will reopen? Here's the story: The right-turn lane and outside through-lane of southbound Starkey Road and the right-turn lane and outside through-lane of westbound Bryan Dairy Road are closed to facilitate improvements at the intersection. The closing is estimated to last about three weeks, depending on the weather, with work occurring during the night.

Driver education

Sheriff's Office offers Teen Driver Challenge

What's a perfect gift of love on Valentine's Day for the parent of a teen driver? How about the peace of mind of knowing that your kid has successfully completed the Teen Driver Challenge under the watchful eye of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office?

The Sheriff's Patrol Operations Bureau is offering the two-day driver course, which is a combination of classroom education and driving experience. The course emphasizes safety on the road, defensive driving and vehicle control. The program has been designed by law enforcement professionals for teen drivers.

Each two-day session features four hours of classroom instruction on Friday evening with the daylong driving portion Saturday. Sessions are scheduled for Feb. 26-27, April 16-17, and June 18-19. Each class is limited to 12 students with a valid learner or operator license. Students must provide their own vehicle on day two.

For information and to download the enrollment forms, visit the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Web site at and click on Teen Driver Challenge, or call Cpl. Kelley at (727) 582-5614. There is no fee for the program.

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Ask Dr. Delay: Work on 38th Avenue left annoying dip 02/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 6:56pm]
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