Saturday, June 23, 2018
Transportation

Dr. Delay: 62nd Avenue N to remain pinched as long as Pinellas funding is

With all the road construction in Pinellas County, I was wondering when we could expect the section of 62nd Avenue N from U.S. 19 to 66th Street to be widened and improved. It has remained two lanes (with open ditches) on that stretch of road for many years and is in dire need of improvement.

Lyda Graser

Pinellas Park spokesman Tim Caddell told us that while design plans are complete for the widening of 62nd Avenue N from U.S. 19 to 49th Street, funding for the project, which would come from Pinellas County, has not yet been allocated, so until that happens, there is no time frame.

Also in Pinellas Park, motorists have noticed surveyors working on Park Boulevard this summer, activity that usually spells a preconstruction ramp-up. Caddell says the surveying is indeed in advance of the state Department of Transportation's resurfacing project scheduled for Park Boulevard in October 2013.

When traveling north on the Pinellas Bayway from Fort De Soto Park, you arrive at the big intersection of the two Bayways where there are two turn arrows for those going east. I assume that when the arrows are red I should stop and wait for them to turn green, but most people go through the red arrows for a right-on-red turn. Which is correct?

Eleanor Wolf

The mast arm traffic signal that was installed last year at the intersection of east/west 54th Avenue S (also known as the Pinellas Bayway/State Road 682), which takes traffic to and from the beaches, and north/south State Road 679, also known as Pinellas Bayway S, which takes motorists to and from Tierra Verde and Fort De Soto Park, has taken some getting used to.

Motorists were accustomed to the longtime prohibition against making a right turn on red when leaving Tierra Verde and heading east toward St. Petersburg.

Another adjustment challenge for drivers has been the presence of the red arrow, which customarily signals that turns are not permitted. But right turns are permitted when the red right turn arrow signals are lighted. Northbound vehicles that are coming from the direction of Tierra Verde and are queued up in the right-turn lane must first come to a complete stop at the stop bar, yield to any pedestrians who may be in the crosswalk, move forward to the triangle island to gain sight distance of eastbound vehicles, then complete the right turn.

Barricade watch

Workers are replacing the CSX railroad crossing on 66th Street near 90th Avenue N, between Park Boulevard and Bryan Dairy Road. The project requires that both the northbound and southbound lanes of 66th Street be closed at the railroad crossing for the better part of a week. Reopening is tentatively set for Friday afternoon. Detour signs directing motorists to alternate north/south routes of Belcher Road and/or U.S. 19 are in place; traffic is being re-routed to Bryan Dairy Road and Park Boulevard to Belcher Road. Residents should be prepared for traffic cutting through via 90th Avenue N and 82nd Avenue N to 60th Street.

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