We reported last month that many readers have expressed concern about eastbound traffic on Gandy Boulevard being forced to make a U-turn to access the Pinewood Village mobile home park. At the same time, traffic coming out of the Derby Lane dog track, as well as traffic crossing Gandy from the Tortuga Pointe apartments, makes for a dicey situation. One suggested remedy was restricting both the Derby Lane and apartment complex exits to right-turns only.
The state Department of Transportation agreed to look into this. The latest update is that a review of the crash history at this location has been completed. The next step is to conduct traffic counts and look into proposed median changes, which will take several weeks, according to Kris Carson of the DOT. We'll keep you updated.
Drivers who use the Veterans Expressway will see changes along the southbound section of the Anderson Mainline toll plaza for the next several months. Starting today, the two southbound far right lanes will be closed to make way for work to widen the road and prepare for transition to all-electronic tolling. Southbound vehicles that are 12 feet or wider will not be permitted through the plaza, which means they will need to exit at Linebaugh Avenue (exit 7) or sooner. The closures will be in effect until sometime next spring, when all-electronic tolling on the Veterans Expressway goes into effect. For details, check out floridasturnpike.com and click the construction tab.
• Milling and resurfacing work that began last week on 54th Avenue N from Park Street to U.S. 19 will continue until Aug. 9, say county engineers. Much of the work is being done overnight, from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m., however, motorists should prepare for delays and backups as well as lane closures for both eastbound and westbound traffic. One lane will remain open in each direction throughout the process, but if you want to avoid driving through the work site, especially while daytime paving is being done, your best east/west detour routes are Park Boulevard or 38th Avenue N.
• Plan for possible delays if you're heading out to Fort De Soto, as toll booth construction on Tierra Verde may require lane closures and some traffic slowdowns. The tentative completion date is early September.
• Work to upgrade sidewalks along 131st Street from 82nd Avenue N to Walsingham Road in Seminole is scheduled to be completed by July 26. In the meantime, be prepared for intermittent lane closures and delays.
• Repair work along Belcher Road from Main Street to Curlew Road will continue until Friday. Motorists should be prepared for possible lane closures for both northbound and southbound traffic.
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