Horseback riders in Pinellas Park have been noticing lately that eastbound drivers on 94th Avenue N are sometimes not noticing the yellow flashing light on the pole at the crosswalk of 94th and around 63rd Street. Some equestrians have noticed a sign with an arrow obscuring the flashing light that indicates there is a crosswalk ahead.
Employees of equestrian-friendly Pinellas Park responded immediately to our inquiry, sending an employee from the transportation department to check out the crosswalk near Helen Howarth Park, which links to the Pinellas Park Equestrian Trail network. Motorists who regularly drive through that part of the county know it's not uncommon to encounter horses near the road and that this particular crosswalk is frequented by four-legged as well as two-legged pedestrians. Scott Pinheiro, director of the city's engineering division, says the sign clearance is appropriate, but the city staff will schedule some tree trimming to ensure that all warning devices are more visible.
There's a light at the end of the tunnel for long-suffering Bryan Dairy road users — just a little over one more month to go. The road and drainage improvement project remains on schedule to wrap up around Thanksgiving. In the meantime, it's a good idea to use an alternate route as daytime work is taking place during this homestretch phase. One through lane will be maintained in both directions at all times, but there will be ongoing delays and lane closures.
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