Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Transportation

No more left turns from 75th St. onto Bryan Dairy

What are they doing to the median on the newly widened portion of Bryan Dairy Road? Is 75th Street going to get its left turn lane back? Hope so; the way it's constructed now doesn't make any sense.

Phil Leinbach

The short answer is that the median is being extended, and no, you will no longer be able to make a left turn from 75th Street onto westbound Bryan Dairy Road.

The project to widen east-west Bryan Dairy includes channelizing several of the medians to improve safety, according to Debra Jaramillo, of Pinellas County's traffic engineering department. This involves eliminating left turns from side streets and the driveways of some complexes. Although the median at 75th was not channelized, the median break has been removed, and left turns there are no longer permitted. Motorists will have to exit 75th Street by turning right and then make U-turns to head west.

"There are studies that show a right turn followed by a U-turn down the road is safer than a left turn. A motorist turning left across six lanes of traffic would need to deal with more conflicts at one time than a U-turning motorist would," Jaramillo said last week.

Jaramillo said stanchions were installed to dissuade motorists from making left turns from driveways and side streets, but the left turns continued, and rather than continuously replace the run-over and broken delineators, engineers opted to extend the concrete medians.

Barricade watch

• A seven-month project to resurface Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park from 66th Street N to U.S. 19 will begin March 11. In addition to milling and resurfacing the road, curbs and sidewalks will be replaced and the CSX Railroad bed will be smoothed on the west side of the tracks next to Park Station.

Work will begin with removing existing sidewalks and curbs, which will be done during daylight hours as well as at night over 2 1/2 weeks, followed by the milling and resurfacing work, which will take place only at night.

Motorists should be prepared for delays and lane closures, and the Doc encourages daily commuters to make plans to use an alternate route.

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