Lane ranger: Visibility on Depot Avenue a hazard, driver warns


Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.

David Gold has lived in Gainesville for 40 years and recently wrote an email with a concern about the intersection of Southeast Depot Avenue and Seventh Street.

“What is dangerous is that when one is driving east on Depot from the new stormwater park on S. Main Street (past the traffic circle) and making a left turn onto SE 7th Street, one is unable to see the drivers heading west on Depot from further east of 7th Street,” he said.

“This is because Depot veers to the right going east and a north turning driver (onto SE 7th Street) cannot see approaching traffic, which frequently is travelling quite fast. Some sort of traffic control is needed here. Please take a look at this intersection and see what is needed. I have had 2 near-miss accidents at this location.”

Phil Mann, Gainesville’s acting assistant public works director, made two points in response to Gold — one of which indicated new roadwork is coming in the future.

“First, the sight lines are appropriate for the posted speed limit on Southeast Depot Avenue for an eastbound vehicle to make a left turn to go north on Southeast 7th Street. If there was an issue with the sight lines, the traffic control would be to prohibit the eastbound left turn from Depot onto 7th Street,” Mann said in an email.

“Secondly, as part of the Depot Avenue corridor project, this roadway is scheduled to reconstructed all way to Southeast 11st Street a.k.a Williston Road.”

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