LARGO — We’ve seen plenty of “No right turn on red" signs, but a “No right turn on green” signal is not something you see every day.
One exists on Seminole Boulevard at the East and West Bay Drive intersection in all directions.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, it is the only intersection in the district where drivers are restricted on green-light turns.
“It was put in for pedestrian safety,” said Kevin Dunn, traffic services & signing/pavement marking manager with the department.
“There’s a lot of pedestrian activity because there’s the Largo Central Park and the school (The Players School of Music). But it has right-turn overlaps, so there will be a period when traffic in the right lane will get a green right arrow to help relieve congestion.”
That period lasts for about 20 to 25 seconds, if not more, Dunn said.
But to some, that’s not enough.
Reader Steve Lacey expressed to the Doc his annoyance with the "No right turn on green” signs, claiming they “are a real headache and contribute to a long line of backed up traffic.”
“I know that a school is nearby, but why do these no-turn signs still obstruct traffic on the weekends and when school is not in session?" Lacey wrote in an email. “Through traffic is able to clear, but those wanting to turn right get backed up.”
After hearing Lacey’s concern, the Doc asked transportation officials if they’d consider replacing the “No right turn on green” signs with a 4- to 5-second delay to give pedestrians time to walk before the turn. This is known as a leading pedestrian interval walk.
Dunn from DOT doesn’t think it’ll happen.
“I could foresee future lawsuits if a pedestrian were killed," he said. “Now we’re starting to get more focused on pedestrians and bicyclists to make sure our roads are designed for them, when before they were designed for cars. At least we gave (cars) a right green arrow.”
Dunn added that they are considering alternatives to the current" No Right on Green" sign. It requires discussions with Pinellas County and the Pinellas County School Board.
TRAFFIC UPDATES AND CLOSURES:
- State Road 50 (Cortez Boulevard) widening from Windmere Road/Bronson Boulevard to U.S. 98 causes lane closures through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- U.S. 41 repaving from Bullfrog Creek to Denver Street causes intermittent lane closures through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- State Road 60 (Kennedy Boulevard) traffic signal upgrades from Armenia Avenue to Brevard Avenue cause nightly lane closures through Friday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- SR 60 operational improvements at State Road 589 (Veteran’s Expressway) cause nightly lane closures through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
- Lane closures continue on SR 60 under Interstate 275, on I-275 from west of SR 60 (Exit 39) to Lois Avenue (Exit 40B) and on West Shore Boulevard (County Road 587) from W Lemon Street to W Gray Street through Friday from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
- Northbound West Shore Boulevard is scheduled to be closed around-the-clock this weekend under I-275 between 9 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Monday
- Detour: Traffic will be routed around the closed area using Kennedy Boulevard (SR 60), Lois Avenue and Cypress Street.
- There also will be lane closures on the southbound exit ramp (Exit 40A) and on southbound West Shore Boulevard, but traffic will be able to use the exit ramp and southbound West Shore Boulevard.
- The entrance ramp onto northbound I-275 will be open only to northbound West Shore Boulevard traffic. Southbound West Shore traffic will be detoured east on Cypress Street, then south on Lois Avenue to the northbound I-275 entrance ramp.
- State Road 582 (Fowler Avenue) median improvements at 12th Street cause lane closures through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Lane closures with flagging operations at Sligh Avenue under I-75 through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Lane closures with flagging operations on County Road 580 (Sam Allen Road) from east of Paul Buchman Highway (State Road 39A) to Park Road through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Lane closures continue 24 hours a day on County Road 672 (Big Bend Road) for bridge replacement from Dickman Road to Wyandotte Road through Saturday
- U.S. 301/U.S. 98 repaving from Pond Avenue to Long Avenue/Pioneer Museum Road causes lane closures through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Lane closures with flagging operations continue for State Road 699 (Gulf Boulevard) drainage improvements from Walsingham Road to First Avenue North through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Intermittent lane closures continue for Alternate U.S. 19 (Myrtle Avenue) repaving from SR 60 (Chestnut Street) to Mohawk Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- State Roads 688, 586 and 580 intersection lighting improvements cause lane closures at various locations:
- SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) at between Seminole Boulevard and Starkey Road in Largo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Nightly lane closures with flagging operations continue for State Road 679 (Pinellas Bayway Structure E) bridge replacement and repaving from north of Yacht Club Lane to State Road 682 through Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- Gateway Expressway updates and lane closures through Saturday:
- I-275 from south of Gandy Boulevard (Exit 28) to Fourth Street (Exit 32) and I-275 northbound Exit 30 ramp to westbound SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) and westbound County Road 296 (118th Avenue) from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- U.S. 19 Frontage Roads from 110th Avenue N to 126th Avenue N, SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) from SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) to 49th Street N, SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) entrance ramp to the Bayside Bridge, SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) from 28th Street N to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N, CR 611/ 49th Street from 145th Avenue to Bayside Bridge from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- 118th Avenue N from U.S. 19 to 34th Street N from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
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 email@example.com. Follow @AskDrDelay.