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AVOID 18TH AVE. S, 31ST ST. INTERSECTION

A wastewater construction project set to begin in about two weeks will close 18th Avenue S at 31st Street for about a month. The closure will let workers repair a wastewater line and deal with a sinkhole, according to St. Petersburg's water resources department.

The work is scheduled to start Sept. 21.

A detour route will allow access to local businesses, but plan on slow-downs. The Doc recommends avoiding the area.

Here are the detour details: Southbound 31st Street traffic headed beyond 15th Avenue S will have to detour at Fifth Avenue S to 34th Street because there will be no through-traffic access, and eastbound lanes will be closed.

Northbound traffic on 31st Street will be reduced to one lane from 26th Avenue S to provide access for local businesses only.

Eastbound traffic on 18th Avenue S will need to detour by heading south on 34th Street to 22nd Avenue S, then north at 22nd Street to 18th Avenue S. There will be only one westbound lane open on 18th Avenue S.

For information, contact Stacie Lehmann at (727) 892-5018 or e-mail WRDCustomerService@stpete.org.

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Walsingham Road

Work requires bus stops on south side of road

Road work has shifted traffic on Walsingham Road to a singlelane between 119th Street and the Pinellas Trail crossing in Seminole. Children using school bus stops between 119th Street and the trail crossing on Walsingham should wait for school buses on the south side of the road, according to a county spokesperson. The traffic lane shift is scheduled to continue through early October.

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School crossing zones

Let's heed road rules to keep children safe

Now that school is back in session, the Doc has been receiving messages from concerned parents regarding vehicles speeding through school crossing zones.

Reader Katie Clark wrote to thank area firefighters for helping to bring attention to the concern.

"Dr. Delay,

I live close to New Heights Elementary School on 38th Avenue N. With all the talk of making children's routes to school safer, I was pleased last week to see a firetruck parked on 38th Avenue N and firefighters on all four corners warning drivers to slow down.

Although this seems to have been a one-time thing, it is nice to see firefighters and law enforcement helping to make a point. ...Drivers need to be reminded that it is illegal to enter a crosswalk while any person is in it. It amazes me how many drivers want that few extra seconds' start and pull into the crosswalks before the crossing guards get back to the curb.

I am a young adult without children, whose only association to schools is paying taxes, but I don't mind waiting an extra few seconds until the children and crossing guards are safe on the curb, even if it means I miss the light. Let's keep an eye out for those keeping children safe on their way to school too."

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Looper Trolley

Free baseball shuttle extended for season

Good news for parking-weary baseball fans: St. Petersburg's baseball shuttle service has been extended through the remainder of the Rays season.

Shuttle service begins 90 minutes before the start of each home game and ends one hour after each game.

The shuttle is free, and stops are at Second Street between Central Avenue and First Avenue S (under the pedestrian bridge connecting the Bank of America Tower and South Core garage) and 16th Street south of Third Avenue S. Loops run every 10 to 15 minutes.

A printable route map can be viewed on the events page at LooperTrolley.com.

Until next week, happy and safe motoring!

Doc Delay is on twitter! Get news from the road at www.twitter.com/DocDelay. Please e-mail Dr. Delay at docdelay@yahoo.com to share your traffic concerns, comments and questions.

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