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By TIM GRANT, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 7, 2002


Speeding persists on Armistead

ODESSA -- Lead-foot drivers have caused homeowners along Armistead Lane to consider more ways to control speeding.

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies will spend the next couple of weeks writing tickets in the neighborhood. If that doesn't work, residents will ask the county to add two more speed humps on the road, which already has four.

"Based on what I've seen, there is a speeding problem out there," said Jerry Dabkowski, a Hillsborough County hearing officer appointed to investigate the problem.

Dabkowski said he would arrange to have deputies patrol the street for two weeks. But if the residents decide they still want two more speed humps, one would be placed between the existing first and second speed hump. The other would be between the third and fourth hump.

While the majority of homeowners who attended the public hearing at Walker Middle School were in favor of more speed humps, some were strongly against them, saying they could delay fire and medical vehicles.

"One of the big issues . . . is that speed humps cause EMS delays for residents on the very southern end of Armistead (Lane)," Dabkowski said.

Added lanes should improve intersection

CARROLLWOOD -- Workers are widening Ehrlich Road and Bearss Avenue to add more turn lanes where the roads intersect with N Dale Mabry Highway.

A right turn lane from westbound Bearss will improve traffic flow to northbound Dale Mabry. And a second turn lane will be added for eastbound traffic on Ehrlich, headed north on Dale Mabry.

The $800,000 project will be finished by the end of June, said Kris Carson, a spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation.

Other improvements to the intersection will include new traffic signals and a pedestrian crossing.

Officials say the construction should not inconvenience motorists during peak driving hours. Lanes will close between 11 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

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