Lane ranger: Tower Road ripples make for a rough ride
Published: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:37 p.m.
Anyone who travels on Tower Road — 75th Street between Archer and Newberry roads — can feel its roughness.
Barbara Elliott wants to know if any relief is in sight.
“Is anything in the works to smooth the road in front of Wiles Elementary on Tower Road?” she wrote in an email. “The pavement is so bumpy with past potholes and repairs that it rattles the vehicle. It is a trying situation for those who must travel it daily.”
Well, Elliott and everyone else who uses it will have to endure more rattles.
Dave Cerlanek, engineer with Alachua County’s public works department, said the county does not have the money to resurface Tower Road.
“This road is currently near the top of the County’s prioritized $380 million pavement management needs list. However until additional funding is acquired for pavement management, there are no plans to resurface the road,” he wrote in an email. “Current funding for the County’s road repair is limited to repairing potholes as they form. On February 18th, the County Commission plans to discuss the merits of placing an initiative on the November general election ballot that would create a new funding source for transportation-related projects and services. If you wish to learn more about what’s being proposed, or if you wish to be a part of the conversation, please contact the Alachua County Public Works Department for more information.”
Meanwhile, a few people wrote with suggestions for area roads.
“Can some better ‘signage’ be implemented for the left turn on Newberry Rd. onto I-75 North?” Linda Block said. “Those drivers who don’t pull all the way up to the white line impeded the line of traffic wanting to make a left turn onto NW 69th Terrace.”
Floyd Wood would like some different U-turn signs.
“When I was in Charlotte, N.C. recently, I noticed, at several intersections, signs that consisted of a u-turn symbol with the words ‘Must Yield’ underneath. I would like to see similar signs installed at several intersections in the Gainesville area,” he said. “Of course, a driver making a u-turn has no right-of-way over anyone else anyway, but too many drivers don’t seem to recognize it. The main site of personal concern to me is for eastbound traffic on Williston Road at SW 34th St.”