Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Right-turn-only sign location at King and Gandy up for review

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.

Email Dr. Delay at DocDelay@gmail.com to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions or follow Dr. Delay on Twitter @askdrdelay. Questions selected for publication may be edited for space and clarity.

Right-turn-only sign location at King and Gandy up for review 01/14/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his son Cal lived in the locker room.

    Cal Foote, second from left, is welcomed to the Lightning by GM Steve Yzerman, far left.
  2. It's Rays' turn to pound Orioles pitching (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG - Ah, the fantastic four.

    The Rays smashed the reeling Orioles 15-5 on Friday, scoring a season-high in runs, to climb four games above .500 for the first time since July 1, 2015.

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria scores on a triple by Logan Morrison during the first inning against the Orioles.
  3. Lightning picks defenseman Cal Foote

    Blogs

    Cal Foote is the son of former Avs defenseman Adam Foote.
  4. Kids today: They don't work summer jobs the way they used to

    Business

    WASHINGTON — It was at Oregon's Timberline Lodge, later known as a setting in the horror movie The Shining, where Patrick Doyle earned his first real paycheck.

    Teens Ben Testa, from left, Hannah Waring and Abby McDonough, and Wegmeyer Farms owner Tyler Wegmeyer walk the strawberry rows at the Hamilton, Va., farm in late May.
  5. Jeb Bush back in the hunt for the Marlins, now opposing Derek Jeter

    Blogs

    Associated Press:

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has switched sides in pursuit of the Miami Marlins, and he’s trying to beat out former teammate Derek Jeter.