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Public gets its chance to see Drew Street plans

(ran LA edition of LT)

Plans for widening Drew Street or for making Drew and Cleveland streets one-way roads are to be shown to the public Thursday night.

City officials are holding the informal meeting to take written suggestions, complaints and questions from residents on three options for the roads.

Consultants hired by the city will show a 10-minute slide show every 15 minutes and will display maps and diagrams, said the city's traffic engineer, Peter Yauch.

None of the plans are final, officials have said. Public opinion will weigh in officials' decisions, which could be made next year. But any of the options could take as long as five years to come to fruition because of the schedule of other road projects in Pinellas County, officials have said.

A public hearing is scheduled for March 1994.

City officials have been considering plans for widening Drew since 1991 as a way to help the flow of the city's east-west traffic.

One of three options under consideration is to widen Drew between N Fort Harrison Avenue and NE Coachman Road and leave it a two-way street.

But to comply with federal regulations, the city has had to study an option to pair one-way roads as east-west thoroughfares, Dave Twitty, the state Department of Transportation project manager, has said.

As a result, a second option calls for making Drew one-way, with traffic heading west, between NE Coachman and N Fort Harrison, Yauch said. Under this option, Cleveland would be made one-way heading east.

The third option calls for widening Drew only between NE Coachman and Evergreen Avenue, Yauch said. Drew and Cleveland then would be made one way between Evergreen and N Fort Harrison.

IF YOU GO

Engineers are scheduled to show tentative plans Thursday for widening Drew Street or making Drew and Cleveland streets one way in opposite directions. The meeting is open to the public. Exhibits and slide shows are scheduled to be shown between 4 and 7 p.m. at Oak Grove Middle School at 1370 S Belcher Road.

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