Turning from Newberry Road neighborhood can be dicey


Published: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:58 p.m.

Newberry Road traffic in the Jonesville area is often a source of irritation for people who write to Lane Ranger, including, most recently, Le Jones.

Jones lives in Fletcher’s Mill and said that turning left out of the subdivision to head east is a very dangerous endeavor almost any time of the day, but particularly in the morning with school and work traffic.

“Those of us in Fletcher’s Mill have to navigate across the westbound lane into the center lane, where there are also two turn lanes. One for people turning left into Sawgrass, and one for people coming from the West turning left into Fletcher’s Mill. So we could potentially end up sitting in the middle of the road between four lanes of traffic between two cars turning in opposite directions while we are waiting to turn into oncoming traffic — which we can’t see if there is someone sitting in the turn lane,” Jones said.

“This intersection is so bad that I made my son, when he was first learning to drive, turn right and go down to the next intersection and make a U-turn left with the light before I would let him navigate this intersection.”

Jones also pointed out that a traffic signal exists at the entrance to the nearby Town of Tioga, which does not have a subdivision across the street, rather than at the entrance to the commercial area.

“How did that happen?” Jones asked.

The Florida Department of Transportation said that putting the signal at the Tioga shopping entrance would have required West End Golf Club to do a significant amount of work to its driveways to be able to use the light.

The placement of signals is based on a variety of factors including traffic patterns, the volume of traffic and the number of existing signals along the road.

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In a recent column reader Jay Nelson wrote about loose bricks on Northwest 17th Street sidewalk near the Swamp Restaurant, describing them as a lawsuit waiting to happen. Now an update: The city checked out the area and made the repairs.

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