Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Parking situation on Eighth Street draws complaint

The city will install “No Parking to Corner” restriction signs at 22nd Avenue to improve access and egress along Eighth Street.

Photo by LORRIE LYKINS

The city will install “No Parking to Corner” restriction signs at 22nd Avenue to improve access and egress along Eighth Street.

The on-street parking on Eighth Street between 21st and 22nd Avenues N is crazy. Parking is allowed on both sides of the street and people are parking right up to both the avenue and the alley entrances, effectively making it a one-lane street. Pulling onto Eighth Street from 22nd Avenue N is dangerous, as you cannot see oncoming traffic and pulling into and out of the alley is dangerous as you cannot see around the parked vehicles to check for traffic. Can the city do anything? Even limiting parking to one side of the street would make a big difference. Stephanie Jarczynski

We asked Mike Frederick, St. Petersburg's manager of transportation planning, to look into this one for us. Frederick's staff conducted an on-site review of the street parking situation along Eighth.

Frederick told us that while his staff did not observe that on-street parking caused any problems during their review, they will install "No Parking to Corner" restriction signs at 22nd Avenue N to keep access and egress into and out of the neighborhood unobstructed.

City code already prohibits parking on the west side of streets and the north side of avenues. Learn more about neighborhood transportation planning in St. Petersburg at tinyurl.com/ckvsgqo.

A lot of us came from someplace else and believe the traffic signal system in Pinellas County needs updating. When are we going to see flashing signals in the evenings (after 9 or 10 p.m.) on major roads where side streets intersect, with flashing caution (yellow) for main road drivers and flashing red for side street drivers? Bruce Peters

Glenn Weaver, engineering supervisor with Pinellas County, says many factors are considered when determining the operation of traffic signals countywide. These include intersection geometrics, traffic volumes and approach speeds, the safety of pedestrians and motorists being top priority. Weaver says that traffic studies have found that more collisions take place at intersections with flashing traffic signals

"Right-angle crashes, which are the most serious, have the greatest increase when an intersection is in flashing operation. Conflicts with pedestrians are also likely to increase because the pedestrian indication, which provides the pedestrian with a safer opportunity to cross the intersection, is no longer operational during flashing operation," Weaver said.

Because so many studies indicate that non-flashing traffic signals at intersections are safer, Pinellas has chosen to go this route. Weaver did note, though, that some traffic signals around the county are taken out of coordination in the evening and on weekends when traffic volumes are low, which should reduce the delay for motorists on side streets.

Traffic delay today

Today's 25th Annual Jim Rosenkrans Memorial Toy Run motorcycle ride, which begins at 10 a.m. at Jim's Harley Davidson at 54th Avenue N and 28th Street and proceeds west, will affect traffic until sometime around noon. The motorcycle route will wind along the beaches and return to the city via Pasadena Avenue S, then turn eastbound at First Avenue S and continue to 28th Street, turning north to return to Jim's Harley Davidson.

Email Dr. Delay at docdelay@gmail.com or follow on Twitter @AskDrDelay.

Parking situation on Eighth Street draws complaint 12/01/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 1, 2012 3:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. St. Petersburg man shot in arm during home invasion robbery

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — One man was arrested on charges he shot another man in the arm while attempting to rob a home in what St. Petersburg police are calling a drug-related incident.

    John Alam, 25, faces charges of home invasion robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon after deputies said he tried to rob a home Wednesday morning and ended up shooting someone. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Bob Buckhorn, a mayor who knows what he wants, surveys constituents on what they want

    Local

    TAMPA — Focus has not been a problem — or really, even a question — during the six-plus years that Mayor Bob Buckhorn has been in office.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn keeps a digital countdown clock in his office showing the days, hours. minutes and seconds until he is term-limited out of office on April 1, 2019. As of Wednesday, he had 584 days to go. [City of Tampa]
  3. WATCH: Heroic Hooters manager helps two sheriff's deputies subdue unruly customer

    Crime

    BRANDON — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office praised a heroic Hooters Restaurant manager Wednesday for coming to the aid of two deputies struggling to subdue an unruly customer.

    It took two deputies and a Hooter's manager to get control of Ashton B. Toney after he threatened to kill an employee who refused to serve him alcohol at a Hooter's in Brandon, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported.
[Booking photo from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Editorial: Turn the heat up on AC problem in Hillsborough schools

    Editorials

    Hillsborough County School District students do not want to hear that their buildings are decrepit. They do not want to hear that Florida's legislators are complicit. All they want to hear is the sweet sound of a classroom air conditioner kicking in at full power. Anything less creates uncomfortably hot classrooms and …

    Superintendent Jeff Eakins and the current Hillsborough County School Board did not create this air conditioning mess, but they own it now.