1. Transportation

Improvements planned for turn lane near former Seminole Mall

Published Sep. 7, 2016

When traveling east on Park Boulevard approaching the intersection of Park and 113th Street and wanting to make a left turn, one could easily have time to make the turn, but because there is a long line of traffic going straight, you can't get into that left-turn lane. With the new shopping center going up this will be even more of a problem. Do they have plans to correct this so that drivers can get in the left-turn lane from farther back?

Ruth Cullison

There are indeed plans to address this issue, says Tom Washburn, traffic engineering manager with Pinellas County Public Works. The eastbound left-turn lane will be extended as part of the construction project on the site of the former Seminole Mall.

"It will essentially be connected to the eastbound left-turn lane that serves the shopping center, which will add approximately 250 feet of left-turn storage," Washburn said last week.

Barricade watch

• The three northbound lanes of Seminole Boulevard will be closed at 16th Avenue SE to allow for repairs to the water mains with the southbound lanes remaining open to traffic. The project was scheduled to get started this week and wrap up by Sept. 16, but progress is of course contingent on weather conditions. While the work is ongoing, alternate north/south routes include Ridge Road/113th Street, Starkey Road and Belcher Road. East/west alternate routes are Ulmerton Road and West Bay Drive/East Bay Drive. The north lane of 16th Avenue SE will remain open during the duration of the repair work with flagging personnel onsite to direct traffic.

• The annual Celma Mastry 5K/10K run is set for next Sept. 17 starting at 7 a.m. and wrapping up around 10 a.m. Both runs start at Albert Whitted Park in downtown St. Petersburg and wind along the waterfront with several city streets closed to traffic. The 10K route will take runners onto Snell Isle Boulevard NE, east to the country club, loop around, and then head back. Residents attempting to get onto Snell Isle during the event may use 40th Avenue NE. The Mahaffey Theater parking garage will be available as well as street and municipal parking throughout downtown.

• The city of Safety Harbor is resurfacing several roads including Veterans Memorial Lane, Country Villas, the Kendale Subdivision, the Coventry Subdivision and Kevlyn Court. Work began last week and is scheduled to continue through Sept. 30, weather permitting.

• Work on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard (State Road 60) from Highland Avenue to Damascus Road in Clearwater has commenced, which will include replacement of traffic signals at the intersections of Belcher Road and at Hercules Avenue. In addition, drainage repairs and sidewalk upgrades will be ongoing until summer 2017.

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