City says Disston Plaza traffic issues fixed

MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times
City officials say they have fixed a timing issue at the new traffic light at Disston Plaza in St. Petersburg that should help alleviate traffic issues.
MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times City officials say they have fixed a timing issue at the new traffic light at Disston Plaza in St. Petersburg that should help alleviate traffic issues.
Published September 20

ST. PETERSBURG — Tim Funderburk, traffic signal coordinator for the city, says the problem that was causing traffic to back up at the new Disston Plaza entrance has been solved.

The plaza at 3501 49th St. N was recently revamped and an old Publix supermarket demolished and rebuilt. Improvements also included the addition of a traffic signal at the shopping center’s relocated south entrance off 49th Street.

But some drivers complained about traffic backups at the new entrance. They spoke of delays experienced by those trying to leave the shopping center and the confusion of those trying to enter.Funderburk said the city has made changes after monitoring the intersection.

“We found a problem in the controller programming, which was causing the parking lot exit to get short timed,” he said in an email. “The problem has been corrected and the exit is now getting the time required to clear that movement.”

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