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Groups take to streets for road help

Tired of being stuck in rush-hour traffic? On Wednesday, you'll get achance to vent some of that frustration during "Kiss Traffic Congestion Goodbye" day.

From 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., volunteers from business and civic groups will staff major intersections to pass out postcards that can be signed and sent to state legislators indicating support for more money for road construction. Volunteers also will be passing out Hershey's Kisses.

Transportation Day is organized in Pinellas County through the county's Economic Development Council to call attention to the area's road and traffic problems. It also is being held in Hernando, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

Intersections to be staffed include: Ulmerton Road and U.S. 19, Clearwater.

Roosevelt Boulevard and Fourth Street N, St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg Mayor Bob Ulrich will be on hand from 7:15 to 7:40 a.m. Starkey Road and Ulmerton Road, Largo.

49th Street and Park Boulevard, Pinellas Park. State Rep. Jim Frishe, R-Pinellas Park, will be there from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. State Road 580 and State Road 584, Oldsmar. Oldsmar Mayor Tom Pinta will be at this intersection from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. Also scheduled is the fourth annual Bay Area Transportation Summit from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

The summit is open to the public at a cost of $45 for registration before Feb. 20 and $55 after.

For information, call 535-3630.

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