Sunday, May 27, 2018
Transportation

Busy intersection at 38th Avenue N and 48th Street vexes reader

Reader Dale Barrow contacted the Doc to inquire about 38th Avenue N at 48th Street, one block east of the 49th Street intersection. There's a lot happening there, including pedestrian traffic from the residential area. Folks cross 38th Avenue N on foot outside the designated crosswalks. There is also a lot of traffic entering and exiting the parking lot of the shopping center that sits on 49th street and faces west. Additionally, there's a gas station on the corner that attracts pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Barrow says he was recently in a crash, which he says occurred when a car going south on 48th Street crossed lanes of traffic into his path. Barrow was riding his motorcycle in the westbound left turn lane of 38th Avenue N when he struck the vehicle.

"This a very dangerous situation that could be prevented by having a RIGHT TURN ONLY sign posted on 48th Street and at the exit of the Disston Plaza shopping center on the south side of 38th Avenue N," Barrow said.

We shared Barrow's letter with Mike Frederick, St. Petersburg's manager of neighborhood transportation. Frederick told us his department completed an evaluation of 38th Avenue N at 48th Street in October. It included a review of crash data of the past three years. Frederick says based on that review, his staff did not recommend any additional engineering measures.

"We found that there were a number of crashes at the intersection of 38th Avenue N and 48th Street, 15 to be exact over the three-year period. The majority of crashes, five in total, were caused by northbound motorists exiting Disston Plaza being hit by eastbound traffic. There was only one crash caused by a southbound motorist and they were hit by a westbound vehicle," Frederick said.

Frederick says restricting full access at the intersection doesn't make sense. However, his team is working with the Disston Plaza owner and a developer to have access to 38th Avenue N from the property at 49th Street managed by a signal, which may relieve some of the pressure on the 38th Avenue N access. In the meantime, Frederick says he will keep an eye on it.

Barricade watch

Progress Energy crews are pruning and removing trees in rights-of-way to protect their transmission lines, so be on the alert for workers. Work is scheduled to be ongoing through the end of March .

In St. Petersburg:

First Street and 52nd Avenue N

31st Street and Third Avenue S

34th Street and 117th Avenue N

In Pinellas Park:

51st Street at 62nd Avenue N

In Largo:

1052 Fourth Avenue SW

In Seminole:

6201 113th Street N

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