LANE RANGER

Foliage hiding stop signs, reader warns


Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 5:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 5:16 p.m.

Several readers have written to alert people to quirky traffic issues.

Jane Medved said out-of-control plants are obscuring some traffic signs around Gainesville.

“I’ve noticed a lot of stop signs that are so covered with foliage that you can’t see the sign at all. Some of these stop signs are by residences and others on public streets,” she said. “I don’t feel real comfortable ringing someone’s doorbell to ask them to make the street sign outside their house more visible (not with the “stand your ground” law in Florida!) and in public places I wouldn’t even know who to ask.”

Street signs are generally on public right of way. According to the city of Gainesville’s website, the city is responsible for clearing overgrown vegetation out of public right of way for traffic safety and other reasons.

But homeowners often mow city easements as part of their yard — so take note if you’ve got a street sign overcome by vegetation in your yard.

Meanwhile, Al Johnson has noticed that some streets can use a new coat of lane paint.

“My son asked me why there are no arrows or paint left in the turn lanes on Eighth Avenue and 43rd Street. I looked and sure enough there is not a recognizable arrow or marking on Eighth Avenue turning left onto Northwest 43rd Street,” he said. “We then started to notice all of the double left turn lane striping through the intersection dividing the two cars to turn left properly have completely gone.”

Gainesville Public Works Department spokesman Chip Skinner said in a previous Lane Ranger that the city typically restripes major city streets every seven years and typically has enough funding to stripe about seven miles a year.

Nancy Douglas probably isn’t alone in wanting a longer green light on Newberry Road at Tower Road for motorists pulling out of Walgreen — which is also a frequent exit point for shoppers at Sports Authority and adjacent stores.

“Coming out of the Walgreen’s parking lot, the light stays green only long enough for 2-3 cars to get out even though there may be several lined up,” Douglas said in an email. “Isn’t it possible to make this light stay green longer so the cars don’t get backed up?”

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