Saturday, July 21, 2018
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U.S. 19 N and Alderman Road left-turn headache on DOT's radar

When traveling south on U.S. 19 N and attempting to turn left (east) on Alderman Road at night, it is very difficult to see the two lanes past an unlighted pylon to turn into. There are no guidelines on the pavement to assist. The problem is that people making this turn end up turning into the westbound lanes by mistake (there are four westbound lanes). There is a reflector pylon but you can't see it unless you are approaching the intersection from the west on Alderman Road. We need guidelines on the road and reflectors on the sides of the pylon.

Colin Wren

The state Department of Transportation has reviewed crash data and traffic flow at the intersection of U.S. 19 N and Alderman Road and will look into adding an additional left-turn skip line due to the geometry of the intersection, spokeswoman Kris Carson told us. "The overall nighttime crash percentage is below the typical threshold for installation of additional lighting, so we are going to continue to prioritize other locations for lighting upgrades," Carson said.

Could you please investigate the potential for a yellow turn arrow off of McMullen-Booth Road onto Main Street in Safety Harbor? Many people wait a long time to turn left from McMullen-Booth when there is no opposing traffic in sight. I think this yellow turn arrow concept has been very effective on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater.

John Whittenhall

We passed your note along to Norm Jester, signal systems supervisor with Pinellas County traffic management. Jester agreed that the flashing yellow turn arrow has been very beneficial when deployed around the county to address a number of circumstances.

"There is a criterion an intersection has to meet to qualify for a flashing yellow arrow. A couple of requirements that will keep a signal from qualifying are dual left turns and turning across three lanes of through traffic. If the intersection does not meet the requirements for a flashing yellow arrow, we may be able to solve the problem in another way," Jester said.

By the way, county traffic engineers are currently reviewing all intersections along McMullen-Booth Road and East Lake Road from Drew Street to the Pasco County line. In the case of the intersection of McMullen-Booth Road onto Main Street in Safety Harbor, we are talking about a left-hand turn onto Main Street, which is a signal turn lane, so this may indeed be the best solution. Stay tuned.

Barricade watch

• Utility work to repair a damaged reclaimed water supply line on Park Street at 54th Avenue N that began in September is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 16. The work has closed both the southbound curb lane and westbound left-turn lane of Park Street. Expect lane shifts and delays for the next few weeks.

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