Reader sees hazards along NW 16th Ave.
Published: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 5:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 5:14 p.m.
Carmine Oliverio and her family live along Northwest 16th Avenue between 13th and 34th streets, a length of road that has been much debated with a redesign planned in the future.
But Oliverio has more immediate concerns — overgrown vegetation and metal rebar sticking out at a now-closed median.
Using the sidewalks is dangerous because overgrown shrubs limit the sightlines of drivers pulling out of neighborhoods, she said.
Meanwhile, rebar that was used with concrete parking curbs to block the median near 13th Street is sticking out above the curbs, she said in an email.
“With the hills and speeds of children on their bikes — it’s only a matter of time before a vehicle approaching 16th Ave from the intersecting roads injures someone. Can the county assess which neighborhoods have overgrown vegetation at the intersections and cut it back to improve safety?” Oliverio asked, adding that the rebar is “just waiting to impale someone, snag a shoe lace and trip a pedestrian, get into the spokes of a bicycle tire, or shred a car tire that runs up on them. Just last week I saw a grade school kid standing among the rebar rods waiting for a break in the traffic to cross. Can the county fix this safety/liability issue?”
Civil engineer Brian Singleton of Alachua County’s public works department, which has jurisdiction over 16th Avenue, said a work order has been created to investigate and trim any vegetation on 16th Avenue from 13th to 43rd streets. He added that the county will coordinate with the city to trim vegetation on the side streets.
A work order has also been created to trim the rebar, Singleton said.
“The County did not anticipate that pedestrians would access the location as it not a designated crosswalk; a work order has been created to cut the rebar down to match the top of the wheel since pedestrians have been seen crossing at the location,” Singleton said in an email.