Tuesday, June 19, 2018
News Roundup

Uneven pavement on Gulf Boulevard should smooth out when project's done

I read your recent article regarding the construction on Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach. As a resident of SPB who travels the length of Gulf Boulevard daily, I was happy to hear about the transition to night-time road construction/paving. But I wonder if anyone else has commented on the terrible paving job. There is about a 2-inch height difference between the lanes and the median, which is very awkward when crossing over. Also, the thickness of the tar on the lanes seems to be lower, because now the manhole covers in both lanes stick up a lot higher than before near the Don CeSar until 45th Avenue or so. It makes the tires thud heavily and feels like wear and tear on them, and I notice many cars swerving around them.

Valerie Bowman

The paving phase of the project is not yet complete according to the state Department of Transportation, and this is the reason why the road surface is still uneven. Work should wrap up within a few weeks, and at that point the roadway should be even and level.

I am writing to express concern about a left turn arrow that lasts only long enough for three (or two, if the first car hesitates at all) cars to go until it changes and one is stuck waiting for another round of lights even though he/she has been third or fourth in line to turn. It is at westbound 22nd Avenue N, turning left onto southbound 34th Street. Any chance you could check this out? There is plenty of need for this light to last longer than it does.

Gary Betts

We shared your concerns with Tim Funderburk, St. Petersburg's traffic signal coordinator, who told us the city has received complaints here and there about various movements at this intersection. Funderburk says 22nd Avenue N and 34th Street/U.S. 19 is one of St. Petersburg's busier intersections, and most of the time it handles the traffic volume well, but he will check the signal equipment there for malfunction. Keep in mind that noting the time of day you experience this issue is helpful in assisting officials in identifying and troubleshooting problems; the issue you're experiencing may occur intermittently and it's possible it may be corrected without affecting operations and traffic flow the rest of the day.

We love the new Pinellas Bayway bridge but are wondering who is responsible for the maintenance, such as street sweeping and litter pickup and lighting repairs. It could use a little TLC.

Paul Smith

The Pinellas Bayway, which is made up of a string of bridges and state roads, is maintained by the state DOT. Kris Carson of the DOT told us last week that she would alert the maintenance service provider with whom the DOT contracts to manage those areas that they need to be checked.

Email Dr. Delay at [email protected] or snail mail to P.O. Box 4954, Seminole FL 33775, to share your traffic concerns. Follow @AskDrDelay.

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