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Lorrie Lykins, Times Correspondent

Lorrie Lykins writes Dr. Delay, a column about traffic and commuting in the bay area. Send her tips, story ideas and questions at the email address below.


  1. U.S. 19 to get new pavement


    What is happening on U.S. 19 near Park Boulevard? I see a bunch of equipment there and I'm wondering what's up and how long we can expect it to last.

    Jeff Stevenson

    This is a road milling and resurfacing project that will be ongoing for approximately four months.

    In addition to creating a smoother roadway, workers will enhance sidewalks and traffic signals, and put down fresh pavement markings. ...

  2. Largo Walmart entrance confounds this driver


    Rosery Road and Missouri Avenue in Largo where Walmart is, is a real problem. Continue east on Rosery to the entrance/exit of Walmart, and you continue to have problems. There is just too much traffic for the entrance and exit of Walmart. People exit Walmart onto Rosery Road wanting to turn west and come out two at a time, blocking the traffic going east. They expect to break into the westbound traffic, thereby westbound traffic waits in line longer, or someone begrudgingly lets them in. And when you are sitting in the left-hand turn lane on Rosery Road waiting to go south on Missouri Avenue, it is rather unnerving to have a big semitruck delivering to Walmart make a right turn onto Rosery Road....

  3. Few rules on tires, wheel wells and mud flaps


    Do you know if Florida has any laws regarding tires protruding out from the wheel well? I've seen this on 4-by-4 jacked-up trucks and cars that have been lowered. Nothing worse than a rock to the windshield coming off a tire that's not in a wheel well without mud flaps installed.

    Florida has a rule about the required use of splash and spray suppressant devices, but it is based on weight of the vehicle, so it pertains to large trucks that exceed 26,000 pounds, or truck tractors, trailers, or semitrailers with a net weight of 2,000 pounds or more. Florida requires that vehicles in that category be equipped with fenders, covers, or other splash and spray suppressant devices (such as mud flaps) on the rearmost wheels of the vehicle....

  4. Local and state agencies work on mystery puddle in front of Countryside High


    Ever since recent water main work in front of Countryside High School was done, there has been a constant large puddle of water in the southbound lanes of McMullen-Booth Road. Clearly, water is leaking from some defect next to or under the road there. Has no one else noticed this? Is the roadway in danger of a sinkhole-like collapse that would cause a traffic nightmare? Just curious if you had any knowledge of this situation....

  5. What's the rule on emergency vehicles


    How is one supposed to respond when an ambulance approaches from behind with its flashing lights on only and no siren nor honking?

    Robert L. Simister

    Motorists should yield to emergency vehicles that have their lights flashing (but no siren), just as they would when encountering emergency vehicles using flashing lights and sirens together. Florida's law regarding the actions of motorists and pedestrians on the approach of an authorized emergency vehicle states that either indication alone — emergency lights or siren — is sufficient (although obviously, the use of both at the same time is ideal) in terms of communicating that the vehicle is on its way to an emergency....

    If you see this in your rear view mirror, you want to pull over and get out of the way.
  6. Timing of lights at intersection causing issues for drivers


    Someone thought it would be a good idea to change the timing of the light at the intersection of 102nd Avenue and Seminole Boulevard. Eastbound traffic on 102nd is now backing up to 113th Street during the busy times of day. We are having a hard time getting out of our neighborhood. This was never a problem before. Not only is the timing messed up, but the signal randomly gives left turn arrows for all sides. Sometimes at the beginning, sometimes at the end of the cycle, sometimes one side and not the other and through traffic sometimes doesn't even get to go. The whole thing is really messed up....

  7. Drainage, sidewalk work in Seminole will cause delays into early 2017


    I am wondering about work on Oakhurst Road in Seminole. What is the nature of the project and how long will it last?

    This is a county project to improve drainage and upgrade sidewalks along Oakhurst Road from 94th Avenue N to 102nd Avenue N. The work involves both daily and nightly lane closures and some traffic delays. The suggested alternative route is 113th Street N. This is a yearlong project; work is scheduled to be completed in January 2017....

  8. Pavement markings mean drivers share with bikes


    The newly resurfaced and restriped Gulfport Boulevard S now has markings with which I am unfamiliar. The icon is a double chevron pointing in the direction of traffic flow with the abstract figure of a bicyclist underneath. The icons are quite large, taking up roughly half the width of the lane. They are located in the outer (slow) lane in both directions and repeated at about 200-yard intervals. The road does not have marked bicycle lanes. I'm quite sure I'm not the only one unfamiliar with these symbols and their meaning. Please help....

    A new signage that will be showing up on the pavement and road signs. The symbol means bikes are equally entitled to the main driving lane.
  9. Gandy Boulevard project ahead of schedule


    We are snowbirds and wondering what workers are doing on Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg between the Howard Frankland Bridge and Gandy Boulevard and when the repairs will be completed?

    This is the Gandy Boulevard Project, which runs along Gandy from Fourth Street to 16th Street. The good news is that the project is currently running ahead of schedule, according to the latest from the Pinellas Planning Council/Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization. The project is planned to be completed a year from now, which means that in the spring of 2017, drivers will pass over 16th Street, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and Fourth Street N without having to stop for a traffic signal. In addition to the new overpass for motorists, the $83.7 million state Department of Transportation project includes new sidewalks, bicycle lanes and accommodations for a future trail facility....

  10. Starkey Road work will take two years


    What in the world is going on on Starkey Road and how long will the construction last?

    Mary Stevenson

    This is a wide-ranging roadway, drainage and utility improvement project that began in December. Work along the corridor of Park Street/Starkey Road from 84th Lane N to just north of 82nd Avenue N and crossing Park Boulevard is expected to be completed in January 2018....

  11. Tweaked lights a short-term fix for Pasadena Avenue


    Is there any resolution to the absolute crazy congestion on Pasadena Avenue? I've been living in Pasadena for over 17 years and I get the fact we have full blown tourists, which we love, and snowbirds. However, the traffic light synchronization is horrific.

    Carol Tarasevich

    The Doc's mailbox has blown up in recent weeks regarding the increasing gridlock on Pasadena Avenue. We checked in with the state Department of Transportation first to determine if there was some project in the works that might be affecting traffic in the area. There isn't, so we moved on to the Pinellas County traffic management department. Technicians went out to check the area late last week and made some adjustments to the signal timing, which will hopefully provide some relief....

  12. Courtney Campbell road work scheduled at night underneath bridge


    I am seeing ominous signs on both the Pinellas and Hillsborough sides of the Courtney Campbell Causeway saying "Delays" from 2/22 to 12/something. Do you know what is being done there that would take nine months to complete? Is it night or daytime work? If there are going to be daytime single lanes on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, I need to find an alternate route. I find it hard to believe that the main route to Clearwater Beach at the height of spring break and summer is going to be (effectively) shut down, as single lanes on that highway are as bad as no road at all....

  13. Legal U-turns earning reader dirty looks


    I am a Midwesterner who has been coming to the Tampa/St. Pete area for 15 years. Making U-turns is illegal in our state, so I like the ability to do that in Florida. Recently, I've received some ugly stares while making a U-turn on a green arrow when I am meeting up with a right turn on red from my left. Who has the right of way? I assume it is the person with the green arrow.

    John Slattery...

  14. North Pinellas to sprout road barricades in coming weeks


    Lots of road construction and detours are on tap for northern Pinellas County the next few weeks: Here's a roundup:

    • In Largo, repair of a sinking manhole in the southbound lane of Missouri Avenue that necessitated lane closures last week will continue through about March 1. The manhole is in the southbound lane of Missouri Avenue between Rosery Road and Commerce Drive. Repair work requires that the center lane of Missouri Avenue be closed until the project is complete. The far left southbound lane will remain open, so it'll be slow going through the area until work is done....

  15. Work on U.S. 19's northern end a few years away


    What is the latest plan for construction on U.S. 19 in Pinellas County? I understand it will start in 2018 at State Road 580 and continue to Tampa Road.

    Kathleen Jennings

    Don't expect to see work on this stretch of U.S. 19 anytime soon; the project is not scheduled to begin for about four years, according to Kris Carson of the state Department of Transportation. Carson told us the construction planned for U.S. 19 from north of State Road 580 to Northside Drive, which is known as the Curlew interchange project and calls for the building of additional lanes and a new interchange, has been funded for 2019-20. ...