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Posted by ( tampabaywoman ) on 07/09/2009 at 06:35 am.

So no more closed lanes per Ms Marian Scorza (in the article). But they still have to put a layer of asphalt down. Wonder how they are going to do that without closing lanes

Posted by ( felixthecat ) on 07/09/2009 at 07:05 am.

I'm glad I live in a van down by the river.

Posted by ( RRR ) on 07/09/2009 at 07:31 am.

Noticed the lack of information about the connecting crosstown overpass. Would not bet that its already a done deal--just not announced. A larger traffic concern is the large number of folks who jaywalk or recklessly ride their bicycles in and out of traffic at any point except the crosswalks. Darwin is just waiting every day and watching.

Posted by ( dahockeygrl ) on 07/09/2009 at 07:55 am.

I hope once this project is complete making a U-turn won't be a life threatening 20 minute ordeal between Manhattan and Westshore.

Posted by ( AGFH ) on 07/09/2009 at 09:21 am.

RRR is right. I drive this road many times per week and I see the bicyclists cutting across (riding through the freshly planted flowers) right in front of cars AND semis. And to the guy who is U-Turning out of Dunkin Donuts: Why don't you just go out the back way onto Manhattan and make a left? No need to take your life into your own hands that way.

Posted by ( Steve ) on 07/09/2009 at 09:31 am.

Gandy looks nice. now, if they could just do something about the abandoned eyesores on each side, that would be great

Posted by ( bjohnston024 ) on 07/09/2009 at 09:31 am.

Sounds good. Now let's get started on connecting the Crosstown to Gandy Bridge.

Posted by ( GodNeedsCash ) on 07/09/2009 at 09:44 am.

During afternoon rush hour, going east on Gandy and attempting to turn left on Westshore exposes a host of issues that need to be addressed immediately. First, the turn lane "cut in" is not long enough. Left turning vehicles often extend back into the traffic lanes, creating congestion and back ups. Also, when eastbound cars turning left onto Westshore do not have the arrow, and there are also cars in the westbound lane to turn left onto Westshore, the eastbound cars can not see whether or not it is clear to turn left. It is only a matter of time before someone gets killed at this intersection...and to make it left turn on arrow only will just cause even more cars to back up in the turn lane.

Posted by ( JRain ) on 07/09/2009 at 01:16 pm.

Am I supposed to feel better that the road is pretty as I sit in traffic?

Posted by ( mishymale ) on 07/09/2009 at 01:32 pm.

its a shame to waste all that money on those improvements when they will all be torn apart by the crosstown expanion,what a waste of money and time

Posted by ( MBRICK ) on 07/09/2009 at 01:33 pm.


Posted by ( mishymale ) on 07/09/2009 at 01:35 pm.

typo ,,expansion

Posted by ( fishe ) on 07/09/2009 at 01:43 pm.

mishymale- Hit the nail on the head. I've lived in South of Gandy(SOGville) for a long time and this road has always been under some type of construction. Back in the day when it was a two lane, to the widening expansion project, to the water/sewer line install, to the new bridge expansion. Now once the green light is on for the crosstown expansion, $160K in landscaping is down the drain.Now if they just fix the light sequences again, since there are double left turn lanes, why the long lights when there is no one turning????!!! Traffic on NB Dale Mabry at Gandy backs up to Oklahoma now because of the short light cycle.

Posted by ( loserhiker ) on 07/09/2009 at 01:58 pm.

Kinda costly landscaping in this economy. I wonder who got the contract and if there were any ties to the ones who granted it.

Posted by ( StainlessSteelRat ) on 07/09/2009 at 02:34 pm.

I feel sorry for those that live around there. The traffic has always sucked.

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