Is this a test?
If you routinely travel Park Boulevard in Seminole, you may wonder as you adjust to a speed limit that inexplicably drops from a reasonable 45 mph to 35 mph.
I mean, seriously — 35 mph on a main drag? Is that really necessary? There is no school along the stretch next to Lake Seminole, and although sidewalks line both sides of the road, the Doc rarely spies pedestrians.
So why is the speed limit 35 mph? Beats me. But wait, there's more.
The 45 mph speed limit sign that used to be on Park Boulevard in front of Home Depot has been removed and moved quite a bit up the road. Eastbound motorists who have been accustomed to speeding up once they have passed Home Depot are caught unaware that the speed limit is still 35 mph until they reach the next traffic signal.
Some suspicious motorists are certain that the speed limit posting has been moved to snag vehicles traveling faster than 35 mph, effectively making the section of road a speed trap. Sherriff's deputies pull vehicles over daily.
Reader John Welton contacted us to say that although he has not been ticketed, he has seen plenty of folks being written up.
Welton has company. Reader Donna Tanguay wrote to point out that westbound traffic on Park Boulevard from Starkey Road to Seminole Boulevard also experiences a change from 45 to 35 mph as one passes Lake Seminole. But there is actually a warning sign of the impending change.
Tanguay wrote: "What is the actual speed limit in this area? If there has been a change, I think a 35 mph sign should be placed near the Home Depot to alert drivers.''
We spoke with a representative at Pinellas County public works who is looking into the situation. She told us that speed limit signs are usually moved during construction. A project has recently been completed in the area, and that work may have been the reason the speed limit sign was moved. But the bottom line for eastbound motorists is that the speed limit on Park Boulevard from the intersection of Seminole Boulevard is 35 mph until you reach the 45 mph zone at the next intersection.
Exceed it at your peril.
Construction work will mean delays, detours
Park Boulevard users should be prepared for slow-downs and lane closures at the intersection of Park and 40th Street, as well as the ramp that carries traffic over U.S. 19 at Park. Construction work on the northeast corner of Park and 40th will detour traffic onto 78th Avenue for several blocks. The work started last week and is estimated to last until the end of next week.
Until next week, happy and safe motoring!
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