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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. Shopping center merge at Welch Causeway causes confusion


    On westbound Bay Pines Boulevard approaching the Welch Causeway, I had a near-accident near the Publix entrance. I was traveling in the far right lane, as I have many times before, to enter the Publix parking lot. But the old entrance was paved over and the lane was running out. Just a few feet west there is a new entrance — a road running between Publix and McDonald's. No signs warn of the change and the arrow on the road does not give enough time or room to make the turn safely. It is an accident waiting to happen!...

    On westbound Bay Pines Boulevard approaching the Welch Causeway, three lanes become two right before the entrance to the parking lot of the new Publix, causing confusion.
  2. Gulf Boulevard paving restarts after pause in Treasure Island


    What is happening with Gulf Boulevard on Treasure Island? It seems to me that work to repave the road started a few months ago, we had heavy equipment everywhere, and Gulf Boulevard turned into a parking lot just in time for the spring breakers. Then it stopped. Now it's started up again (maybe?). What's the story now?

    D. Stevenson

    First, yes, the state Department of Transportation began work this week to mill and repave the length of Gulf Boulevard within the city of Treasure Island. Work will take place Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (no overnight or weekend work) and is expected to last through May....

  3. Blocked intersection on Bayway a danger to residents


    I live at Dolphin Cay on the Pinellas Bayway, which is the last development before the toll booths on the Bayway. In order to leave the 88-acre development, residents (there are probably 500 of us) have to cross four lanes of very fast traffic on 54th Avenue S. People in four lanes block our egress in spite of a sign telling them not to block. The only way out is to force one's way across. However, the fourth lane across is the SunPass lane, and forcing one's way across is very dangerous as the cars are flying through with no hesitation. On busy weekends, we need either a police officer or better signage....

  4. Bike lane on Indian Rocks Road is years away


    Overall, Pinellas County has great pedestrian sidewalk and/or bicycle lanes for the major roadways except for Indian Rocks Road in Largo from West Bay Drive on the north end to Walsingham Road on the south end. This is the only high-traffic road that does not have a dedicated bicycle lane or pedestrian sidewalk. Is there a plan in the near future to build a continuous sidewalk or bike lane or both?...

  5. Among the places not to park: blocking a sidewalk


    Is it legal to park in such a way as to block a sidewalk, even if it is in your own driveway? I am a frequent walker and I encounter this all the time. There is seldom anyone in the car to complain to. I am able-bodied and can walk around (sometimes into the street is the only path around) but many folks are not.

    Don Cunningham

    The question of legality regarding blocked sidewalks comes up frequently, and as trifling as it may seem to some, it's a significant safety issue. It's also a liability concern for motorists who think nothing of blocking a sidewalk, so it's well worth devoting some time to this week....

  6. Construction creates havoc on Bay Pines Boulevard


    The Doc's mailbox has filled up lately with letters from readers expressing varying degrees of dismay regarding the explosion of construction along Bay Pines Boulevard near the Bay Pines/C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. The most recent construction of a Dunkin' Donuts on the northeast corner of Bay Pines Boulevard and 100th Way has created concern about safety and congestion due to the entrance and exit along Bay Pines Boulevard. It's also generated questions about who approved what....

  7. Work at Seminole Mall will slow things down


    Can you please find out how long the road behind Seminole Mall will be closed? There are barricades and fences everywhere now. What's happening there and can we still get to 113th Street from Seminole Boulevard?

    The scheduled demolition of the movie theater adjacent to Seminole Mall requires a monthlong closure of part of 80th Avenue N and Liberty Lane near the Freedom Square property. ...

    The demolition of the theater near Seminole Mall requires a monthlong closure of part of 80th Avenue N and Liberty Lane.
  8. Emergency water main repair clogs Indian Rocks Road


    What is happening on Indian Rocks Road in Belleair near Woodlawn Avenue? Looks like a huge project of some sort.

    This is an emergency water main repair and pipe replacement with related construction that requires the closing of Indian Rocks Road from Roebling Road N to Woodlawn Avenue. Both Roebling Road N and Roebling Road S are closed with access permitted for local traffic only. There will be delays and plenty of traffic congestion throughout the duration of the project, which is expected to last until about April 10. The suggested detours are Woodlawn Avenue and Overbrook Drive....

  9. Traffic signal timing to be adjusted


    Why are the traffic light sequences and timing so erratic on Belcher Road? I (recently) was driving west on Tampa Road approaching Belcher. The light was red and cars were backed up about a quarter mile. After two more minutes the light changed to green. A total of three cars went through the intersection before the light changed back to red; another three minutes passed with cars continuing to stack up before the sequence changed. This is not an isolated instance. I see this happen frequently at this intersection as well as the intersections of Belcher with Curlew Road, Alderman Road, and Klosterman Road. Those patterns are causing confusion and frustration among drivers and may well cause a future accident....

  10. Timing of Gulf Boulevard paving brings unavoidable frustrations


    Doc, why in the world would the DOT repave Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island during the busiest snowbird and spring break month of the year? It is absolutely frustrating the heck out of visitors and locals alike. As a local business owner, I am really hearing it from everyone.

    Jim Everett

    You are not alone in your frustration or your incredulity about the timing of the resurfacing of Gulf Boulevard. Plenty of readers have asked the same question in the past two weeks, which we shared with Kris Carson, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation. Carson said that while the DOT strives to minimize the impact construction activities have on the public, sometimes it's unavoidable. In trying to balance the needs of the traveling public and residents with scheduling necessary work that requires specific weather conditions, it's impossible to not to inconvenience everyone....

  11. Colorful oleanders on I-275 were diseased


    Though this isn't necessarily a traffic issue, it is at least a roadway question, for which I hope you can find an answer. For miles along Interstate 275, there were large, beautiful, healthy oleander shrubs that were a lovely sight. For the past few weeks, work crews have been digging them up. What is the purpose of destroying these beautiful blooms and foliage that brightened up this corridor? Thanks for your help in finding an answer....

  12. Work below ground affects duration of Ulmerton Road project


    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!

    Ann Waite

    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....

  13. New signals designed to improve safety on 38th Avenue N


    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?

    Daniel Libby

    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....

  14. Confusing signals likely a result of traffic monitoring


    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....

  15. Officers managing traffic at events may be on duty or off


    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?...