Reader Graham Houtz wrote to point out some issues at the revamped intersection of Gandy Boulevard and Dr. M.L. King Jr. Street N, one of which is connected to the recent Gandy widening project.
The first is that the new alignment of the right-turn-only lane on the eastbound side of Gandy for turns onto southbound Dr. M.L. King Jr. Street N requires that motorists be warned sooner. The current signs advising that the right lane of Gandy is for right-turns only aren't visible soon enough according to Houtz and the Doc agrees. "Many drivers who have no intention of turning onto Dr. M.L. Luther King Jr. Street N find themselves in the right-turn-only lane and are abruptly trying to merge (with great difficulty in this high-speed area) back into the lanes that continue eastbound on Gandy," Houtz wrote.
The other issue is the absence of a visible stop bar for traffic turning from northbound Dr. M.L. King Jr. Street N onto westbound Gandy. Houtz says many motorists don't pull up far enough to be detected by the sensor embedded in the road.
"Those of us who use this turn lane frequently are sometimes forced to change lanes to proceed northbound on Dr. M.L. King Jr. Street N and then make a U-turn to get around drivers at this turn signal," Houtz said.
The folks in traffic operations with the city of St. Petersburg will review the sign locations for the right-turn-only lane on the eastbound side of Gandy to see if adjustments are needed. They also are looking into the issue of the stop bar on Dr. M.L. King Jr. Street N, although it not part of the recent project and was not altered or affected by that particular work. It may just be faded and in need of a touch-up.
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