Lane Ranger: Reader believes SR 26 road markings need work


Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Donald D. Greene, of Melrose, recently wrote with concerns about the lane markings on State Road 26 east of U.S. 301 near Brown’s Farm.

The road was reworked when an overpass spanning U.S. 301 was opened in 2011. Westbound motorists who want to get on U.S. 301 or go to Brown’s farmstand make a right turn onto an access road.

“I had a dear friend killed here because a driver, apparently, became confused at the exit from Brown’s. I feel the State of Florida should improve the ‘poor markings’ at this intersection before UF football season,” Greene said.

“A reduced speed limit (to 45 MPH) would be nice along with better road, paint, markings and FLASHING STOP and CAUTION LIGHTS at this interchange.”

Florida Department of Transportation engineer Brandi Vittur said in an email that the intersection was reviewed in March and April after the fatal crash cited by Greene.

The study included a review of crashes from 2011 to the present.

“During this time period, five crashes were found (which includes the recent March 2014 crash): One crash involved alcohol, One crash was the result of a driver running the stop sign, and three crashes resulted from drivers not yielding the right-of-way. The crash reports state that the driver turning left from the US 301 access ramp to SR 26 did not yield the right of way to a westbound SR 26 motorist,” Vittur said.

“Also during this review, we met on-site with a few concerned citizens, including a traffic engineering forensic expert. We could not find any improvements that needed to be made to the existing pavement markings or signage. (The traffic engineering forensic expert seemed to concur with our findings.)”

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