‘Excellent’ reader suggestion solves Newberry Road problem
Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 6:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 6:39 p.m.
A couple of readers wrote recently about concerns over traffic and the signal at Newberry Road and 91st Street. And thanks to one of them, help is on the way.
Susan Adams emailed Lane Ranger asking if a right turn arrow was in the works.
“This intersection gets bogged down in the mornings because everyone has to stop before turning right when the traffic from Newberry Road is turning left onto 91st,” she wrote. “If there was an arrow, traffic would keep moving and not cause such a backup.”
The Florida Department of Transportation agrees.
“Done! Excellent suggestion, our thanks to Susan Adams for taking the time to bring this to our attention,” said Tony Falotico, district DOT traffic operations engineer.
Meanwhile, Margaret Jones has another issue with the light that she would like examined.
Jones said the signals should be programmed to allow motorists be able to turn from Newberry Road onto 91st under caution.
“It is NOT a SMART light, as there are times when those of us in the turn lane will wait FOREVER, and no one is in sight on Newberry Road,” she said. “If we had a yellow blinking arrow on to 91st, it’d surely save a lot of time and gas...”
And speaking of blinking lights — when did so many Floridians start using their hazard lights when driving in the rain? It seems it used to be just out-of-staters unaccustomed to our downpours, but during some of the recent heavy rains the majority of drivers on Interstate 75 were using them.
For the record, it is illegal to use hazard lights in Florida when a car is moving. According to Florida Statute 316.241, flashing lights are prohibited on vehicles except as a means of indicating a right or left turn, to change lanes or to indicate that the vehicle is lawfully stopped or disabled upon the highway.
Law enforcement officers say that using hazard lights in the rain can create problems if other drivers believe the car is stopped. Drivers who feel unsafe continuing in a rainstorm should pull into a safe location until the rain passes.