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Fawn Ridge gets traffic signal

A long-awaited traffic signal is up and running at the intersection of Sheldon Road and Fawn Ridge Boulevard. The light is intended to help motorists out of the subdivision and onto busy, recently four-laned Sheldon.

"It's the only access point into and out of that housing development," county spokesman Steve Valdez said.

Residents in the 677-home Fawn Ridge subdivision began requesting a signal at that intersection after Westfield Shoppingtown Citrus Park was built and Sheldon was realigned and widened, Valdez said.

"We wait about six months after a major change like a mall to do a traffic study so patterns can be established," he said.

The county also waited for school to get back in session so that traffic coming from nearby Sickles High School could be taken into account.

Forest Lakes Boulevard to get light soon

OLDSMAR _ The Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization approved a plan Wednesday to install a light on the new Forest Lakes Boulevard extension at Pine Avenue N, a street used by joggers, bikers and children walking to Forest Lakes Elementary School. Mayor Jerry Beverland said Wednesday he expects the light to be up by mid December. County engineers determined the light was needed on the 2.5-mile extension after conducting a two-week study on traffic patterns. City officials say the new road, which leads to Hillsborough County, allows some drivers to reach 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.

_ JACKIE RIPLEY, JOHN BALZ, MEGAN SCOTT

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