Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ulmerton U-turn is tighter for a reason

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.

Email Dr. Delay at to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions or follow Dr. Delay on Twitter @AskDrDelay.

Ulmerton U-turn is tighter for a reason 03/27/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 27, 2014 5:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Busy start has Florida Hospital Center Ice dreaming big


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Opening day brought 600 doctors, administrators and their families from Florida Hospital. Soon after that, the facility hosted its first junior league game and a collegiate showdown. A few weeks later, 200 kids, ages 4 to 9, participated in national Learn to Play Hockey Day.

    Alex Senushkin and his grandson, Styopa Kulshyn, 3, of Lakeland, skate at the Florida Hospital Center Ice rink in Wesley Chapel.
[CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]

  2. Charlie Crist calls for national day of civility


    WASHINGTON – A week after a gunman opened fire on a group of Republicans, Rep. Charlie Crist this morning called for the establishment of a national day of civility, saying “the need for action could not be more urgent.”

    A note from Rep. Charlie Crist
  3. NBA draft: Jonathan Isaac could make FSU history tonight


    Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac will probably hear his name called early in tonight's NBA draft.

  4. Qatar Airways seeks to buy a stake in American Airlines


    NEW YORK — State-owned Qatar Airways is attempting to buy a 10 percent stake in American Airlines, triggering U.S. antitrust oversight of deals that size.

    In this file photo, a new Qatar Airways Airbus A350 approaches the gate at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. Qatar Airways is attempting to buy a 10 percent stake in American Airlines, triggering U.S. antitrust oversight over deals of such size. 
[AP file photo]
  5. In Iowa, the president channels his inner candidate Trump (w/video)


    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Struggling to advance his agenda in Washington, President Donald Trump traveled to the Midwest for a raucous rally with his loyal supporters — the kind of event he relished before winning the White House.

    President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. This is Trump's first visit to Iowa since the election. [Associated Press]