Ulmerton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard. Any driver that uses this intersection understands the stress the construction causes. Now, with new changes in the traffic pattern, more stress – and the likelihood of more car accidents – is thrust upon us drivers.
Last week, the flyover (really drive-over) curved bridge from Roosevelt Road onto Ulmerton Road was shut down forever. Instead, drivers are now forced to endure a new traffic light in order to turn left onto Ulmerton Road. According to 10 News, it took their reporter 50 minutes to travel less than a mile southbound on Roosevelt as she tried to make a left to go east onto Ulmerton Road.
Also, drivers on Ulmerton Road are impacted by this change. Westbound commuters on Ulmerton Road were temporarily rerouted south of the current westbound lane between 38th Street North and 49th Street North. There are also plans to remove the traffic light at 40th Street to keep traffic moving on Ulmerton.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the changes will allow for construction of new westbound lanes and revamped Ulmerton/Roosevelt intersection south of the airport, according to the FDOT. A stoplight intersection with three left turn lanes will replace the flyover (drive-over). These are all steps in the preparation for the Gateway Expressway — connecting U.S. 19 and the Bayside Bridge to Interstate 275.
The confusion and traffic pattern changes have already resulted in some drivers causing car accidents as they maneuver through this new pattern. So, drivers, drive safely and watch out for those who don’t!
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