The traffic light at the end of Pinellas Bayway at the intersection of Gulf Boulevard in front of the Don CeSar has the pedestrian crossing light set incorrectly. If a pedestrian enters the crosswalk at the south side of the intersection and presses the button to cross Gulf Boulevard, then the right-turn traffic light turns red and the left-turn light turns green. This means all left-turning traffic from the Pinellas Bayway onto Gulf Boulevard turns directly into the pedestrian attempting to cross Gulf Boulevard. In the meantime, the traffic turning right onto Gulf is not permitted to turn and there is no one in the crosswalk at that spot.
Both the state Department of Transportation and traffic engineers with Pinellas County are aware of the issue at this section of Gulf Boulevard. Work on some changes is in progress and should be completed in the next couple of days, weather permitting, according to a DOT representative.
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If it seems like there's road construction going on from one end of the county to the other, you're not off base. And there's plenty more ahead, according to the Pinellas County's Metropolitan Planning Organization's list of road improvement and transportation improvement projects for the next several years. The five-year plan, which was approved last month and lists projects tentatively scheduled through 2018, includes state-funded transportation improvement projects, some of which cover bridge repair and road resurfacing as well as intelligent transportation system installations.
In the works are road expansion and improvement projects; 30 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails and facilities; 87 miles of roads slated for real-time traffic monitoring, dynamic message signs, incident monitoring, traffic signal control and timing improvements; and 38 miles of repaving.
Projects under way include resurfacing of State Road 580/Main Street from east of Enterprise Road to west of Countryside Boulevard; adding lanes to Bryan Dairy Road from Starkey Road to 72nd Street; road reconstruction and widening of Ulmerton Road from Lake Seminole Bypass Canal to Wild Acres Road; resurfacing Drew Street from Myrtle to Mariva avenues, adding lanes on Ulmerton Road from 38th Street N to west of Interstate 275; construction of an interchange and adding lanes to U.S. 19 from just north of Whitney Road to north of State Road 60 and from Sunset Point Road to south of Countryside Boulevard; repairs to the Howard Frankland Bridge and construction of the Pinellas Bayway bridge replacement.
Preconstruction work has begun on the following projects that are on the 2013-14 schedule:
Resurfacing of U.S. 19 from north of State Road 580/Main Street to Northside Drive; road and bridge construction at Roosevelt Boulevard to 49th Street; adding lanes and road reconstruction at Gandy Boulevard from west of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street to east of Fourth Street.
Looking ahead, resurfacing work is on schedule to be done sometime in 2013-2014 on Gulf Boulevard from south of 131st Avenue to south of the Tom Stuart Causeway; Park Boulevard from U.S. 19 to 66th Street and Court Street from east of Missouri Avenue to Gulf-to-Bay; State Road 60 (Courtney Campbell Parkway) from west of Damascus Road to the Pinellas/Hillsborough county line.
Read more about the five-year plan at pinellascounty.org/mpo.
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