Signal easily overlooked

Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 24, 2005 at 10:05 p.m.
I would like to comment on the intersection of SW 20th Avenue and 34th Street. First, the signal that shows "right turn only when flashing" is placed too far down 34th Street for folks to make an early selection of lane.
Second, it flashes sporadically; in other words, one never knows until close to the signal whether it is on at that time.
I have gone down SW 34th Street between 2 and 3 p.m. and it is flashing; and I have gone down between 5 and 6 p.m. and it isn't flashing.
For example, one can count on the signal at 13th Street and NW 23rd Avenue to be on all day. I have seen folks disobey it, and I frankly don't even know why it is there. But the situation at SW 20th Avenue is not consistent.
Driving on SW 34th Street is hazardous at best, and when folks have to make immediate lane changes either to get out of the lane or into it, the risk of accident is even greater.
I recommend that the signal sign be placed north of the Hilton, across from the married housing apartments or even farther north. The times it is in operation should be on the sign and adhered to.
I don't think it is fair to ticket people who get caught in the lane for one reason or another, especially with the signal so close to the intersection, because staying there might have prevented an accident.
We all need to be more accommodating, and perhaps even get into the lane from which we know we are going to exit as soon as we enter NW 34th Street or cross SW 2nd Avenue.
Carol Christiansen, Gainesville

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