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County wants to slow traffic on 86th Avenue N in Seminole

SEMINOLE — County officials are ready to take action to slow speeding along a street where four teenagers died in a horrific crash last month.

The decision to meet with area residents came Monday after Pinellas County officials analyzed results from a 48-hour metering of traffic along 86th Avenue N. They found that 3,978 cars travel up and down the road each day, some of them going as fast as 39 mph in the 25 mph zone.

That and the April 10 accident have led to the scheduling of a public meeting toward the end of June to give neighbors a chance to comment on the type of speed controls they might want in the area, said Mahshid Arasteh, Pinellas County director of transportation.

Arasteh said the county tried to install counters immediately after the accident, but decided to wait until the traffic from mourners and others visiting the scene subsided. By last week, officials believed the traffic count was close to normal.

The county has consulted with neighbors about traffic calming along 86th before. At the time, residents indicated they would be happy with four-way stop signs at 140th and 143rd streets, but the county never installed them because at least 60 percent of the residents must sign a petition asking for them. That never happened.

Arasteh said that several options will be presented to neighbors at the public meeting, including four-way stop signs and speed humps. The neighbors will be asked which they favor.

"We definitely need neighborhood buy-in," Arasteh said.

County wants to slow traffic on 86th Avenue N in Seminole 05/05/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 11:13am]

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