As part of the Belcher Road overhaul, a safety rail has been installed just west of the 75th Street N and Belcher Road intersection. This railing obstructs the view of oncoming traffic from the west to drivers on 75th turning east onto Belcher. I would rank the danger of a driver not being able to see oncoming traffic higher than, say, a texting pedestrian wandering off of the sidewalk at this location.
Tom Washburn, manager of Pinellas County's traffic engineering section, told us that because this concern has been raised, the railing will be replaced with a differently designed railing that provides more openings to improve sight lines. In the meantime, use caution when traveling along this stretch.
What's the story with the rough patch job that was done on the Pinellas Bayway westbound? It feels like crossing a rail road track.
We touched base with Kris Carson of the state Department of Transportation. The patch is a stopgap that is (like the current construction inconvenience) temporary. It was added to bridge a gap created by utility construction related to the bridge replacement work. The new road will be much smoother than the temporary rough asphalt surface. In the meantime, Carson asked that we remind folks the Bayway is a construction zone and motorists need to slow down.
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