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Largo truck turnaround upsets residents near Ulmerton Road

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Truck turnaround near Ulmerton Road is causing controversy. Truck turnaround near Ulmerton Road is causing controversy.
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -  A new truck turnaround off Ulmerton Road in Largo is upsetting neighbors and a nearby business.

The Florida Department of Transportation built the loop around a retention pond on Madison and Washington streets to avoid having large trucks make a U-Turn into a local cement plant.  In the past, trucks turned left through a break in the median, to the plant, but FDOT closed the median as part of the new Ulmerton Road expansion to six lanes.

Washington street is also the exit of  Grosse Pointe Estates, a senior mobile home park of about 128 homes.

Gilles Deslauriers, a resident of the park for 13 years, is concerned the large trucks create a safety hazard, and doesn't belong in a residential area.

In a letter responding to Deslauriers, FDOT contract administrator Julie Ostoski, replied,"The pond turnaround was designed by the engineers to alleviate a potentially dangerous condition of large semi-trucks trying to make U-turns at Madison onto Ulmerton Road."

The loop also borders Frida's Cafe and Bakery.  Owner Frida Alipour claims her business had already suffered due to the construction on Ulmerton Road and she doesn't want a permanent truck route creating difficulties for customers trying to access her parking lot.

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