On Pinellas Point Drive at Sunshine Skyway Lane, there is an on-ramp to the interstate. There is a stop sign at Skyway Lane. In order for drivers from Skyway Lane (heading north) to cross to the interstate, they have to go across three lanes of traffic going west and two going east. Looking east, it is extremely difficult to determine which cars are in the on-ramp lane and which cars are going straight. In addition to dodging the westbound cars, there is an off-ramp from the interstate to the left for cars exiting to go east on Pinellas Point Drive, so it is a constant look left, right, left, and right, to try to determine if it is safe to pull across the intersection. And now there is a bait shop on the corner where cars pull out and make almost a U-turn to go east to add to the fun. There should be some sort of signal at that intersection.
We shared your note with Mike Frederick, the city's manager of neighborhood transportation, who looked into crash data in the area the past three years. Since August of 2013, there have been three crashes that involved northbound vehicles colliding with eastbound vehicles and one in which northbound vehicles crashed with westbound vehicles.
Frederick passed this information along to the state Department of Transportation and suggested that the DOT consider installing signs that reads "Cross Traffic Does Not Stop" for northbound traffic. Safety engineers at the DOT took a look and recommend changing some pavement markings and installing signs warning motorists that cross traffic does not stop. Stay tuned.
•A multifaceted, yearlong project is now under way on Roosevelt Boulevard from 28th Street N/Lake Carillon Drive to Gandy Boulevard. The project includes repaving the roadway, restriping for bike lanes, the addition of a boardwalk, and a multi-use path along the north side of road. A third right-turn lane onto Lake Carillon Drive from Roosevelt Boulevard will also be added. The entire project will span 2 miles of roadway and work will take place largely during the daytime. The DOT says work that requires lane closures will be done overnight between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. and that access to driveways and side streets will remain open during this time. The $7.7 million project is scheduled to conclude in the summer of 2017, depending on how the weather cooperates; motorists should be prepared for lane closures and delays throughout the life of the project.
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