A yellow brick road overlay marks the crossing area of the Pinellas Trail at Fort Harrison Avenue and Belleview Boulevard.
CLEARWATER – The city of Clearwater’s traffic engineering department has made some pedestrian improvements at the new Pinellas Trail crossing at Fort Harrison Avenue and Belleview Boulevard.
The improvements were completed June 23 and were part of a traffic study spurred by recommendations city staff made to address complaints from the biking community.
Before, the intersection had a standard crosswalk for north, south, east, and west approaches. Now, a yellow brick road thermoplastic overlay marks the crossing area, which goes diagonally across the intersection.
“The improvements will help reduce the pedestrian crossing intersection,” said Paul Bertels, the city’s traffic operations manager.
Trail users now have a shorter path to go directly across diagonally during the pedestrian phase of traffic signal crossing. During this phase, all vehicle traffic has red stoplights, and the pedestrian signal was able to be decreased from 31 to 23 seconds long.
“This is a very unique crossing,” said Felicia Leonard, administrator support manager of parks and recreation. “The Pinellas Trail is a community asset that provides recreation, transportation, economic and health benefits to our community.”