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Courtney Campbell Trail not yet finished

Maybe you have already covered this issue, but I'm terribly confused by what has transpired with the new trail running alongside the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Is it done? Is halfway across the bay as far as it's going to go? I live in Clearwater, and in order for me to use the trail I would have to cycle roughly 2 miles on a fast, busy highway that is void of any semblance of a bike lane to get there. Why would I, or anyone else, want to put his/her bike on a bike rack and drive to a trail that is only partly completed?

The short answer (and good news) is no, the trail is not done. The Courtney Campbell Trail will provide pedestrian and bicycle access along the length of the south side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway from the Veterans Expressway in Tampa to Bayshore Boulevard in Clearwater. It will also connect to recreational trails on both sides of the bay. The first phase of the project on the Tampa/Hillsborough County side was completed this past fall. The second phase of work on the Clearwater/Pinellas County side, which will connect to the Hillsborough segment, will be completed in early 2015.

Barricade watch

In the Seminole area, demolition of the Madeira Beach Publix and construction to build a new store on the site will impact traffic using the Tom Stuart Causeway/State Road 666 and Duhme Road for approximately one year. The store closed last week and parents of children who attend Madeira Beach Fundamental elementary and middle schools have been alerted that they must use designated pickup and dropoff areas on school property.

The parking lot at the shopping center has been a popular alternate parking spot for parents on school days from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Motorists should be prepared for delays and significant traffic congestion in the area throughout the duration of the construction.

In Clearwater, Betty Lane, which has been closed due to a stormwater pipe repair from Sunset Point Road to Union Street since November, is set to reopen Friday.

In Largo, Walsingham Road will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday from 125th Street to Ulmerton Road for the annual Heritage Village Folk Festival.

Email Dr. Delay at docdelay@gmail.com to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions or follow Dr. Delay on Twitter @AskDrDelay.

Emergency protocol

The Florida Highway Patrol says that, since 2002, more than 200 law enforcement officers across the country have been struck and killed while stopped on the side of a road by oncoming vehicles. FHP began a public education push this month to alert motorists to the details of the state's "Move Over" law, which requires drivers to steer clear of emergency vehicles and emergency response personnel stopped on the side of a road.

Here are the key points: Drivers are required to move over when a patrol car, emergency vehicle, or tow truck is stopped on the side of a road with lights flashing. In the event that it's not possible to safely move to the inside lane, drivers should slow to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit until they've passed the emergency vehicles. Violating Florida's Move Over law can also result in a fine and points on your license. Read more at flhsmv.gov/safetytips

Courtney Campbell Trail not yet finished 01/17/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 17, 2014 2:21pm]
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