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Study to make Gulf to Bay Blvd at Belcher Rd more safe

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Local and state transportation officials spent Tuesday afternoon assessing the intersection of Gulf to Bay Boulevard at Belcher Road.

Law enforcement officers, state Department of Transportation leaders and representatives from Clearwater and Pinellas County walked and drove through the intersection to determine what changes need to be made to make the corridor safer.

FDOT compiled a study that shows there have been 153 crashes at that intersection in the past five years.

Last month, a crossing guard named Doug Carey, 70, died standing at the intersection when, police say, Julious Johnson ran a red light 30 miles per hour over the posted speed limit and crashed into another car.

Officials looked into problems with sun glare, light cycles, signage and people walking or biking through the intersection.

They all took notes, and FDOT will compile their suggestions and have a more comprehensive solution next week.

Long term, FDOT said there will be major changes coming in the fall of 2015.

"We'll resurface the area. We'll have some drainage improvements because there are some drainage issues out there, and they're going to replace the wire signals with mast arms- so those are coming in the future," FDOT spokesperson Kris Carson said.

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