Thursday, November 23, 2017
Transportation

Ulmerton U-turn is tighter for a reason

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Recently concrete barriers were placed at the U- turn on eastbound Ulmerton Road between Lake Avenue and 10th Street SE (where the Floor Store is). As you make the U-turn to head west on Ulmerton, the turn is much tighter than it was and this is causing real problems; I have observed people being caught short by the much tighter turn.

Until recently, a driver could easily make a big loop and be safely on their way. The barriers now result in drivers realizing the turn is too tight and frantically making three-point turns while cars are coming at them from the direction of Lake Avenue. This isn't a one-off problem, and it's just a matter of time until someone gets hit trying to make what should be an easy U-turn. It's even more dangerous at night due to the lack of lighting. Why are the barriers so close to the turn? Can they be moved back to where they were? They really serve no purpose further into the intersection but instead are causing problems.

Hazel Regan

First, the state Department of Transportation installed the concrete barriers to act as protection for both its workers there on site and the traveling public, according to Kris Carson of the DOT.

The DOT added what Carson refers to as a low-profile barrier wall along westbound Ulmerton Road, but traffic has not been shifted yet. The wall will remain to prevent motorists from driving onto the shoulder or onto the grass, which is what's previously been happening. Carson says the DOT will shift traffic flow in about a month from now and the barrier wall will be removed.

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