Thursday, April 26, 2018
Transportation

Resurfacing coming to bumpy Third Street at Sixth Avenue S

There has quite a bit of construction going on at Third Street and Sixth Avenue S with the road and the pipes underneath. On Third Street, the work has been completed, but whoever paved the road did a terrible job. In some places it's almost like a washboard effect and the water puddles when it rains instead of going down the drains. Is there going to be another paving of Third Street to correct this?

Kim McMullin

Yes. Third Street and Sixth Avenue S are scheduled to be resurfaced beginning Monday, after all pipeline construction is completed, said Thomas Gibson, the city's director of engineering.

Do motorists who have been issued a handicap placard realize the placard is for parking, not announcing they are a disabled driver? We have enough obstructions while driving and removing the placard would eliminate one. Can someone get a ticket for not removing the placard — could it replace the red-light camera funding?

Newt Bianco

The Doc can't attest to whether or not motorists who use disabled parking placards realize they shouldn't drive with the placards hanging from their rearview mirrors. But it's a safe bet that most folks forget it's hanging there or just get tired of hanging it up, then taking it down every time they park.

Although Florida's disabled parking placards are clearly marked with the instruction "Remove before driving vehicle," plenty of folks indeed disregard the note. A review of the Florida statutes found no mention of penalties related to doing so, but we did note that the state of Florida website page that covers disabled parking permit regulations features a "do and don't" list that includes the tip: "Don't drive with permit hanging on rearview mirror." View the list at bit.ly/tbt-placards.

I would like to find out why there are barricades on Bryan Dairy Road going east and west from Belcher Road when there is not any work being done there. We patiently waited for Bryan Dairy to finally be done, yet there is a right-hand lane at Bryan Dairy and Starkey that has never been finished.

T. Mitchell

The barricades went up temporarily to allow for the hardening of the concrete that was put in to channelize eastbound and westbound left turns, which prevents motorists from making illegal left turns from side streets and driveways onto Bryan Dairy, according to Pinellas County traffic engineers.

Now that the concrete has cured, the barricades have been taken down.

Barricade watch

• Sidewalk improvements that began last month along 62nd Avenue N from 30th Street to Fourth Street in St. Petersburg will require intermittent lane closures and delays until the project is complete in early June.

• Gulfport Boulevard from 61st to 62nd streets S is down to one lane in each direction to make room for the construction of a midblock pedestrian crosswalk. The project is expected to be completed March 28.

• Pipe replacement work that began in October along Hamlin Boulevard requiring road closure from Sunset Drive to Wildwood Drive in Largo is expected to wrap up by March 28.

• In Seminole, work began last week on sidewalk improvements along Park Boulevard from Seminole Boulevard to Park Street. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures and delays through April 11.

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