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Work on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street to improve drainage

Traffic works its way around a construction site Tuesday at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and 83rd Avenue N.

JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times

Traffic works its way around a construction site Tuesday at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and 83rd Avenue N.

You may have already written about this, but I didn't see it. Can you tell me about the construction going on at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and 83rd Avenue N?

Tom Banks

The work at this intersection is part of a substantial utility project that began last summer to replace the outdated and undersized stormwater drainage infrastructure in the area. The improvement is designed to address street flooding, which has been an ongoing problem for years along the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street corridor and connecting side streets. The current phase of work will connect the drainage system just south of 83rd Avenue N to the 77th Avenue Canal. Resurfacing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street from 94th Avenue N to 62nd Avenue N will follow the completion of the project, which should happen later this year or early in 2015

Beneath the traffic signals along Ulmerton Road (at the intersections of Starkey and Belcher), there is a single white bulb. What is the purpose of these bulbs?

Bob Daniels

The single white lights affixed to the bottom of traffic signals are a tool used by law enforcement to make determinations about red light running. The white light is wired to the red light on a traffic signal and is lit when the light is red. Sometimes called "confirmation lights," these can be white or blue, depending on the municipality. The white lights enable law enforcement officers to see traffic signal changes from farther distances and positions when they aren't necessarily at the intersection.

Barricade watch

•The Madeira Beach Triathlon will affect traffic along Gulf Boulevard early Sunday morning. The bicycle portion of the race will begin at Archibald Park on Gulf Boulevard in Madeira Beach. The route will take cyclists north on Gulf Boulevard, then east to the Tom Stuart Causeway, turning north onto Duhme Road/113th Street N to Park Boulevard, then west, over the Park Boulevard Bridge to Gulf Boulevard and south back to Archibald Park. The Park Boulevard Bridge will be locked in the down position from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Although the race course will be open to traffic and Pinellas County deputies will be on hand at all intersections, it's a good idea for motorists to plan to use an alternate route; the closest is the Indians Rocks Causeway Bridge.

•The southbound I-275 exit ramp to Dale Mabry (Exit 41A/B) is closed for approximately four months. The closure is part of the reconstruction and widening project between downtown Tampa and the West Shore area. The exit ramp to Dale Mabry will be reconstructed with a connection to the new exit ramp to Cypress Street. The work should be completed sometime in September.

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Work on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street to improve drainage 05/27/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:30pm]
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