No Roundabout at US 41 Tamiami Trail and Gulfstream Ave Sarasota

No Roundabout at US 41 Tamiami Trail and Gulfstream Ave Sarasota

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Lynn Larson started this petition to Gov Ron Desantis and

The construction of a roundabout at the intersection of the Ringling Bridge access on Gulfstream Ave and US 41 is not in the best interest of the island communities and those people that own or do business with visitors and residents.   This will create a confusing and dangerous condition for all drivers especially senior residents and visitors who will need to navigate a multi-lane roundabout.

No traffic studies have shown that the creation of a roundabout at this intersection will measurably improve the traffic backups suffered by the barrier islands visitors or Island and Sarasota residents.  There is not information that shows the two year construction will provide an intersection that functions at an acceptable level for a sufficient time in the future.   Older drivers and tourists facing a unique traffic pattern at this high volume intersection will surely create a higher number of vehicle accidents.

Roundabouts are uncontrolled and require drivers to yield to those already entered the circle.  Aggressive drivers often do not yield causing conservative or drivers unfamiliar with the area to hesitate.  Backups and accidents will result.  A roundabout at this high volume intersection will cause dangerous "every man for himself" driving.  Accidents in the roundabout, which will occur more frequently than at a traffic light controlled intersection, will completely shut the intersection down.

We urge the installation of "Smart" traffic lights and cameras.  We ask for pedestrian fly overs to be installed to insure safe and convenient pedestrian access to downtown and the bay front.  We urge traffic officers to facilitate flow control during peak periods.

The current plan for a roundabout at this key intersection at this key intersection is in direct opposition to the mission statement of the Florida Dept of Transportation.  It fails to address the needs of the entire region and improve traffic demonstrably at this location.

Most important traffic backups at this high volume intersection are measurably negatively impacting our property values, businesses and tourism.

 

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