Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Controversial roundabout in Old Northeast to become a thing of the past

Traffic zips along north and south on First Street at 30th Avenue N. Soon the intersection will have stop signs on 30th Avenue N.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Traffic zips along north and south on First Street at 30th Avenue N. Soon the intersection will have stop signs on 30th Avenue N.

The most recent newsletter of the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association included an item mentioning that the traffic roundabout at First Street and 30th Avenue NE was to be removed "by the end of the month" (meaning March). We see that it is still in place with no apparent preparations under way to return the street surface to its prior state. Could you tell us what's going on?

Bob Gannon

The long and winding road of the much-debated (and some may say hated) roundabout at the intersection of First Street and 30th Avenue NE in St. Petersburg is indeed reaching its end. Work to remove it is set to begin roundabout mid-May. This should be welcome news to the many readers who have written to the Doc over the years about the roundabout — also referred to as a traffic circle or rotary.

Complaints about this particular traffic calming circle — built in 2001 at a cost of nearly $25,000 — have ranged from confusion about right-of-way issues to elements of the design, and the smallish size of the circle. Scores of you have written to express frustration about the number of motorists who treat it like a four-way stop, or ignore it altogether, blowing through the intersection like it's the Sunshine Speedway, driving over the circle in the process.

The decision to remove the roundabout followed what Mike Frederick, the city's transportation manager, calls a lengthy review to address conflicts created by the traffic circle and recent crashes that have taken place at the intersection. Frederick says a consultant was involved, several options were considered, and a determination was made that the intersection is in need of a redesign that includes the removal of the current four-way yield circle.

The new traffic configuration will allow free flow of north/south traffic on First Street with stop signs for east/west traffic. First Street will be narrowed to one lane in each direction, with landscape medians providing a tapered approach lane. Frederick says that the intersection of First Street and 30th Avenue NE will be slightly raised and the circle pattern will remain in the roadway. The cost of the new configuration will be around $115,000, which will come from Penny for Pinellas funds.

Barricade watch

•Residents of Tierra Verde should be prepared for the milling and resurfacing of streets throughout the neighborhood east and west of the Pinellas Bayway. The work is scheduled to be completed — weather permitting — May 16. In the meantime, motorists should plan on encountering lane closures and following detour signage.

Email Dr. Delay at docdelay@gmail.com with your traffic questions or follow on Twitter @AskDrDelay.

Controversial roundabout in Old Northeast to become a thing of the past 04/30/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 7:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow

    National

    WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program.

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in July.  McCain says he won't vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law. His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week. [Associated Press]
  2. Yankees executive Jessica Steinbrenner seeks restraining order against ex-husband

    Civil

    TAMPA — Jessica Steinbrenner, a top executive with the New York Yankees and a daughter of the team's late owner George Steinbrenner, is seeking a restraining order against her ex-husband.

    New York Yankees excutive Jessica Steinbrenner, with her then-husband Felix Lopez Jr. in this 2008 photo, filed for a restraining order against Lopez in Hillsborough County last week. 
[Times files]
  3. For starters: Rays at Orioles, with Cobb on hill, Beckham in lineup

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 3:46: After sitting out Thursday in recovering from extraction of a tooth, former Rays SS Tim Beckham is in the Orioles lineup tonight for his first game against his ex-mates, batting leadoff and playing short.

  4. Hurricane evacuations halted for lack of ambulances at VA's Young center

    Veterans

    As many as 30 patients who should have been evacuated from the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center were left behind during Hurricane Irma because the hospital and the county couldn't agree on where they should go.

    Lorraine Johnson-Mitchell, back home in St. Petersburg on Monday, said she watched in disbelief as hospital staff seemed to scramble without a plan to evacuate patients like her from the VA medical center in St. Petersburg before Hurricane Irma. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  5. South Florida poaches debris pickup trucks once slotted for Tampa, officials say

    Hurricanes

    TAMPA — A week into the job of picking up an estimated 300,000 cubic yards of Hurricane Irma debris from its streets, Tampa City Hall is finding to its dismay that the challenge is more competitive than expected.

    Yard debris from the winds of Hurricane Irma line many yards along Pinellas Point Drive South, St. Petersburg, 9/22/17.