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Seminole drivers want another right-turn-only lane, but will FDOT budge?

Dr. Delay has the answer.
A reader suggests that the far right lane on Bay Pines Boulevard be turned to a right-turn-only lane to keep cars traveling south on Bay Pines Boulevard from holding up traffic. [Image from Google Maps]
A reader suggests that the far right lane on Bay Pines Boulevard be turned to a right-turn-only lane to keep cars traveling south on Bay Pines Boulevard from holding up traffic. [Image from Google Maps]
Published Nov. 25

SEMINOLE— The Florida Department of Transportation recently put a right-turn-only lane at the Bay Pines Boulevard near Duhme Road, and one reader says it significantly eased traffic congestion.

Now that same reader, Michele Miller, hopes the department can replicate that at another intersection.

Miller frequently travels south on Alternate U.S. 19, better known as Bay Pines Boulevard, and makes a right turn onto Park Street, heading south.

And there are many other drivers like her, wishing to do the same, but they can’t .

“Most of the vehicles in the far right lane are turning, so they have to wait for the one car who is staying on Alt. 19, even though that lane ends very soon,” Miller said. “My suggestion is that the far right lane be for right turns only on to Park Street.”

But that’s the thing.

It’s only a suggestion.

After taking it up with Kevin Dunn from the state transportation department, it’s not going to happen, largely because of an upcoming project nearby.

“Converting the right lane to a ‘right-turn-only’ at Park Street would not be something we would recommend, due to the project being implemented at 38th Avenue N,” he said.

That project includes converting the left through-lane to a ‘left-lane-must-turn-left’ designation at the intersection. It will require traffic in the left through-lane wanting to head south on 38th Avenue N to change into the center lane. And traffic heading south on 38th Avenue N to Park Street must change from the right lane to the center lane, according to Dunn.

“We strive to provide lane continuity for the through-lanes and it would not be advisable within this relatively short distance between these two intersections,” he said.

The Doc understands your pain and probably can suggest a few intersections that could use a lane change as well.

But it’ll likely always remain just that — a suggestion.

TRAFFIC UPDATES AND CLOSURES:

Editor’s note: According to the Florida Department of Transportation, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, it plans no construction activities through Dec. 1.

Pinellas County Advisories:

-Detours and Lane Closures for BERT’S BARRACUDA HARLEY DAVIDSON TOY RUN 2019 on Sunday:

  • Begin at Bert’s Barracuda Harley Davidson, 10525 49th Street N, north on 49th Street N to 118th Avenue N, west on 118th Avenue N/Bryan Dairy Road to 113th Street N, south on 113th Street N to Park Boulevard N, west on Park Boulevard North to Gulf Boulevard, south on Gulf Boulevard to Pass-a-Grille, continue South on Pass-a-Grille until the end and then turn around and return, North on Pass-a-Grille to 75th Avenue/Corey Causeway, continue northeast over Corey Causeway to Pasadena Avenue S to First Avenue S, west on First Avenue S to 49th Street S, N on 49th Street S to return to the start location, and end at Bert’s Barracuda Harley Davidson.
  • There will be one lane of traffic for the participants’ entry to the starting point.
  • Rolling lane closures from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 49th Street closed from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

-Trucks entering roadway for pipe repair on 66th Avenue N at Caitlyn Court and for ditch cleaning on Audrey Lane from West Rena Drive to Rodgers Avenue

-On Thursday, flaggers will be on-site on Mehlenbacher Road from 16th Street NW to Dolphin Drive for ditch cleaning, and on Missouri Avenue from Palm Harbor Boulevard to Ninth Street for structure install

Monique Welch is a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times, and the voice behind Dr. Delay. Send your traffic concerns, questions, and pictures of roadway troubles you spot in your travels around the Tampa Bay area to docdelay@tampabay.com. Follow @AskDrDelay.

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