Residents of the town of Parrish are seeking a new, fully operational traffic signal at an intersection that has been the site of numerous car accidents. However, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has not given any indication it will listen to these demands.
If local residents got their way, the traffic signal would be installed at the intersection of County Road 675 and U.S. Highway 301. Demand for such a signal significantly increased after an accident in June resulted in the death of a 22-year-old woman.
Traffic signal likely not coming
Representatives from the local fire department have, in the past, characterized the intersection as the most dangerous spot in the city for motorists. However, after months of investigations and research, officials from FDOT say they do not believe a traffic signal is the best solution.
In a statement, an FDOT representative said the following: “We’re not installing a traffic signal at the U.S. 301/CR 675 intersection at this time. We have addressed some sight distance issues caused by vegetation, and will continue to look for other traffic safety improvements in conjunction with Manatee County.”
This response has not been satisfactory to local residents, who strongly believe the intersection merits the installation of a traffic signal. It’s yet to be seen how FDOT moves forward in addressing concerns at the intersection.
There are some circumstances in which poor street planning or lack of appropriate traffic control devices can lead to a government agency being at least partially liable for injuries caused by traffic accidents. For more guidance on the steps you should take after a serious accident, work with a skilled Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh.