Public Weighed In On Plans to Unclog Colonial Boulevard
Nearly 70 people made it Thursday evening due to the rain to learn about three big traffic projects planned for congested Colonial Boulevard.
Mohamed Yasin of Lehigh Acres spoke during public comment, this is a good project to have with a growing population.
Florida’s Department of Transportation has proposed three projects to improve driving along the congested Colonial corridor between Ortiz Avenue/Six Mile Cypress Parkway west of the interstate and Forum Boulevard and Dynasty Drive to the east.
• A continuous flow intersection at Colonial and Ortiz/Six Mile that would reduce competing traffic movements, by separating the left-turn movements well before the intersection. This will reduce the number of signal light phases, and move more vehicles through the intersection.
• A diverging diamond interchange, in which both eastbound and westbound traffic switch sides as they reach the interchange.
Florida’s first diverging diamond interchange recently opened to traffic at I-75 and University Parkway in Sarasota.
• Lastly, a superstreet intersection at Colonial and Forum Boulevard, which would eliminate traditional left turns onto Colonial. Instead, signs on Forum Boulevard near the intersection will direct drivers to marked and signalized lanes that will allow them to U-turn on Colonial, and then head east.
For cyclists, the diverging diamond interchange features seven-foot, bike lanes set off the double striping, positioned inside the interchange, and distanced from vehicles using the on and off ramps.
According to FDOT, there will be buffered bike lanes on all four legs of the continuous flow intersection.
The total estimated cost for these three projects is $45 million.
You can find documents related to the projects now at swflroads.com/i75/atcolonialblvd/
You can submit your remarks to Justin Beck, project manager, FDOT District One, 801 N. Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL 33830. The agency is taking comments through June 26.