I wonder how many more years it will take to finish Ulmerton Road? The traffic cones from Seminole Boulevard to the Bayside Bridge have been on Ulmerton Road for so long, I think that's where they are stored. If we had snow and a short season to get it done, I could understand it, but this is Florida!
The widening of Ulmerton Road in the Seminole area (there are two sections) is scheduled to wrap up sometime in late summer this year. The widening of Ulmerton from 38th Street to I-275 will be ongoing until spring of 2016, according to the latest update from the state Department of Transportation....
What's the story with the traffic signals that are pointed skyward on First Street and 38th Avenue N where it turns into 40th Avenue N? Is there some unseen sky traffic above us in need of direction?
Two new mast arm traffic signals on 38th Avenue N were to be activated this week after the resurfacing of 38th Avenue N from Fourth Street to First Street. The project, which also added pavement markings, is part of a state Department of Transportation plan to improve safety on what is an increasingly busy thoroughfare....
Could you explain to me why the county keeps changing traffic patterns? For example, County Road 1 and Main Street in Dunedin — for westbound traffic when the light is green, the left-turn arrow is green; when the green arrow turns red, the eastbound traffic gets a green light. When westbound traffic gets a red light, the eastbound traffic gets a green arrow. Sometimes both the eastbound and westbound traffic get the green arrow at the same time. This pattern changes in the same day. This happens all over the county. My wife says they do this just to get me riled up....
For all the years I've lived in Pinellas County I've noticed Florida Highway Patrol or sheriff's officers out on the roads conducting traffic management to facilitate those getting in and out of church, always Christian churches. Maybe I've just not been in the right place at the right time to observe it, but I've never seen them outside synagogues and mosques. Do these agencies provide the same taxpayer-funded service to those houses of worship as well?...
I just received my disabled parking permit. It states on both sides of the pass: "Remove before driving vehicle." I notice almost all who use the pass leave them on the rear view mirror all the time. I am curious why no enforcement is done because having the pass in the window is a hindrance.
There is no doubt that driving with a disabled parking placard flapping from one's rear view mirror may be a distraction or even visual obstruction, but it does not appear that motorists doing so are committing a moving violation for which one may be issued a ticket....
01/28/15 Public Safety
I have not seen much progress on the improvement at Ulmerton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard. The construction has made a nightmare of all cross traffic and turning traffic and is not getting better. The traffic lights on 34th Street at Ulmerton are extremely long during morning hours and the eastbound turns from Ulmerton to north 34th Street are so short during the day that three to four green-light cycles are not uncommon. The original schedule for completion was spring 2016. Can you let us know what the plans are currently and will there be any improvement soon?...
I'm concerned that a pedestrian will be killed walking on the sidewalk on the west side of Fourth Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues S in St. Petersburg. To be specific, the sidewalk crosses the vehicle entrance to Interstate 175 just north of Fifth Avenue; pedestrians walking along the west side of Fourth Street must proceed across the rather wide vehicle entrance to I-175.
I walk this route frequently, crossing the marked pedestrian walkway across the freeway entrance, which is marked by a lone road sign. In my experience, many southbound vehicles approach the freeway entrance at high rates of speed, accelerating toward the entrance. Almost all ignore any pedestrians who may be in the walkway. Northbound scofflaws routinely make illegal U-turns to access the interstate entrance (which is supposed to be only for southbound vehicles), endangering southbound pedestrians who have already started to cross the entrance, and have no way of seeing this danger....
Hey, Doc, those of us who really miss the defunct Pinellas/Hillsborough Friendship Trail are looking forward to using the Courtney Campbell pedestrian trail. What's the latest? Is it going to open anytime soon?
Work to create the 9-mile Courtney Campbell Trail, which connects Clearwater and Tampa and runs parallel to the southern side of the Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway (State Road 60), has been done in two phases, beginning with the 5.5-mile stretch on the Hillsborough County side completed in the fall of 2013....
Dr. Delay, please look into why the state DOT refuses to remove the construction barrels on the northbound side of Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde. The seawall rebuilding project on the east side of the street has been abandoned by the contractor and as of yet we have heard nothing from DOT about a replacement contractor. In fact, last week DOT removed all of the construction materials stockpiled for the job and yet the barrels remain, over 60 of them turning a perfectly good two-lane highway into a narrow one-lane gauntlet....
I have noticed new flashing left-turn signals at some intersections in north Pinellas County that don't seem to run through the usual cycle. They light up at odd times and I'm wondering what the story is with these. Can you fill us in? I'm sure I'm not the only one who is scratching his head.
The intersection of Keene Road and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater has one of the new signals in operation now. As you note, the cycle pattern of the new traffic signals, which feature four lights, is a departure from what we are accustomed to, in particular, the green left-turn arrow may occur earlier, later, or even twice in a signal cycle, based on traffic conditions and volume....
Just in time for the holidays:
• The final phase of the Bryan Dairy Road/Starkey Road intersection improvement project is in motion — nighttime milling and resurfacing means lane closures, detours and significant delays from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Resurfacing is scheduled to be wrapped up Dec. 19 and the completion date on the project, which began in April 2013, is set for Dec. 30.
• The scheduled resurfacing of 38th Avenue N from the southbound Interstate 275 on-ramp to Haines Road began this week and is scheduled to last until Dec. 24. Motorists should expect daytime lane closures and delays....
With only a few days' notice, the Pinellas Trail has been closed for repairs between Belleair Road and S Fort Harrison in Clearwater. No detour has been designated. The only real option for cyclists is via Belleair and Clearwater-Largo Road, about a 1-mile detour. Clearwater-Largo lacks a good shoulder for much of this stretch; inexperienced riders would do well to avoid this route altogether. For those of us with the need and the skills to negotiate this busy road, could the county perhaps help with temporary signage to notify both cyclists and cars that road-sharing is necessary? Additional signage on the trail itself might also warn riders of the closure before they actually get there and discover they have to choose between turning around and rerouting on busy streets....
Can you tell me what kind of work is going on along 49th Street and about 30th Avenue N?
This is a Pinellas County project — 49th Street is 30-mile County Road 611, which runs from 31st Avenue S in Gulfport all the way up to the Pasco County line. The work under way at 49th Street and 30th Avenue N is an intersection improvement project that is expected to wrap up in mid January....
For at least four weeks, if not more, there has been "construction" on 34th Street S in St. Petersburg (going south from about 38th Avenue S). I put the word "construction" in quotes because they don't seem to be laying pipes, although "flexible" pipes are laid for blocks on end with at least one lane on southbound 34th street cut off. So what are they doing? And when will it end?
I have always been impressed and appreciative of St. Petersburg's efforts to improve traffic flow, reduce driving time and help to alleviate the negative impact on our environment through the timing of signal lights so traffic can flow at a proper speed without the need for frequent stopping. First avenues N and S, as well as Third and Fourth streets are good examples. However, periodically, it appears the signal light timing stops being properly set. Is synchronization of the lights checked periodically and if so, how often? How does the city maintain this concept of efficiently and effectively moving vehicles?...