We remember dear Ansley Rayborn.
Preventing traffic deaths, especially of innocent children, has been a driving force for me during my entire professional life. The death of Ansley Rayborn on Feb. 7, 2015, brought me out of a comfortable retirement and was the inspiration behind the development of my teen safe driver initiative, IMPAACT.
Preparation begins on Short Street
I am happy to provide an advance notice to residents of Hillcrest Court. The City of Tallahassee is in readiness for the Short Street stormwater outfall project. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year, however, residents will notice activity sooner as site preparations are made.
Traffic disruption is inevitable; historically, however, when the city manages a construction project such as this every effort is made to prevent major inconveniences to the public.
Your contact person for this project is [email protected] Ray will take care of any questions or concerns residents may have.
A shout out for FAMU Way
Speaking of infrastructure projects, I must invite everyone to drive along the new, partiality complete, FAMU Way extension. Building a first class, first rate connector road such as this is a major undertaking and major contribution to Tallahassee as the capital of Florida.
All citizens should be proud of what Blueprint 2000, the Tallahassee-Leon County joint effort, has accomplished. Befitting a capital city, our Blueprint engineers and administrative team have done a wonderful job with not only FAMU Way but beautiful landscapes and street lighting as well as interweaving the Capital Cascades Trail to improve the aesthetic value of the overall project. I remember what existed prior, and can attest to the grand scale of improvements to our city brought by rebuilding and extending FAMU Way.
Phase Three, to begin later this year, will take the new westbound extension from Gamble Street to Lake Bradford Road. As a traffic safety engineer, I am impressed by the design of the traffic circle (roundabout) at Railroad Avenue.
This circle-diamond design requires only thru and left turning traffic enter the circle while all right-turning traffic enter their respective (diamond) exit to the street of choice. The only other state I know keeping right turn vehicles out of traffic circles is New Hampshire. And only where they have considerable right-of-way.
Take a little trip and do FAMU Way, it’s a must-see. Thanks, Blueprint.
Light up the airport entrance
At night, Jim has experienced some westbound drivers on Capital Circle SW, including himself, having difficulty knowing exactly where the main entrance to the airport is. Some must creep along so not to overshoot their chance to enter safely. Creeping on Capital Circle even in a left turn storage lane can create consternation in others trying to get to their flight. Airline schedules have conspired with early darkness to reveal inadequate overhead street lighting at the main ingress/egress to the terminal parking.
Airport access points are where we should double-up on street lighting and roadway delineation in order to be considerate of our out-of-town visitors. Especially, when airport access is directly off the main thoroughfare instead of a service drive.
Travel to any city large or small and you will find airport access well lighted. How about it Mr. Pollard, and all responsible for airport improvements and traffic safety, let’s install a few more of those handsome parking area overhead street lights at each airport access point.
Also FDOT, this is a good place to augment the existing joint-use pole mounted street lights on the south side of Capital Circle by adding the hardware to every utility pole on the north side. While we’re out there we can replace damaged raised pavement markers. Let’s light up the entrance like we are serious about traffic safety and proud of our International Airport.
Buford signal has monitor
Chris is concerned the traffic signal at Buford Boulevard displays a green ball for northbound vehicles at the same time the right turn arrow is displayed for the exclusive Centerville Road right turn movement south to west.
Chris let me put your mind at ease. I already knew the answer but I talked to one of our traffic engineers who confirmed a conflict monitor is part of the electronic equipment at this intersection. And, if the signal tried to operate as you suggest, the computer would identify a conflict and all signals would immediately go to flashing operation.
Approach hill with caution
VS is of the opinion advanced warning is necessary to alert northbound Thomasville Road drivers not to be surprised when they top the hill in front of Tallahassee Nursery that traffic can be backed-up from Hermitage Boulevard to Woodgate Way.
Well VS, when additional traffic control is warranted I am the first one to champion advanced warning. However, what you describe falls under the heading of being smart when accepting a license to drive. All motorcycle riders know traffic might be stopped on the other side of a hill or around the bend and ride accordingly. That is to say, the smart operator of a motorcycle is expecting the unexpected without being told. The reason is obvious, a motorcyclist can receive a terrible injury to go with the property damage. If all drivers adopted this philosophy our traffic injury and fatality rate, as well as our insurance rates, would be far less.
Don’t miss Armistead Road
Gary’s experience with getting southbound out-of-town visitors and delivery trucks onto Armistead Road is confounded because the overhead Gardenia Road sign is so prominent people miss the Armistead sign and the fact they have arrived at Armistead Road.
This is a first. Street signs acting like two siblings in competition with each other to be noticed. OK, traffic engineers, let’s settle this squabbling by adding another overhead Armistead Road sign so southbound drivers can see it and prevent people from having to turn around by executing dangerous U-turns further downstream on Thomasville Road to get back to Armistead.
In other traffic notes
• Rick, Capital Circle at Fred George should be good now. Keep me posted.
• In my column last week I inadvertently omitted part of my response to Steve’s interest in the Sixth Avenue and Magnolia Drive signal operation. Steve, I did say right turns on red are legal in Florida unless otherwise prohibited. But I left out this sentence: …the electronic sign which prohibits right turns on red applies to both lanes when illuminated. I think that was your question.
Philip Stuart (IMPAACT.org) is a retired Florida State Trooper, traffic operations project engineer and forensics expert witness. Send questions and comments about roads and traffic to him at [email protected]