The Florida Department of Transportation’s preliminary construction plans for the Colonial/Lee Boulevard to Shawnee Road segment of the State Road 82 widening project show the property locations FDOT needs at the State Road 82 and Daniels Parkway/Gunnery Road intersection. (In my March 13, 2013 post, I explained that the 23 mile-long widening project is made up of seven segments, with the first segment running from Colonial/Lee Boulevard to Shawnee Road in Lee County. The first segment includes the intersection at State Road 82 and Daniels Parkway/Gunnery Road.) FDOT’s preliminary plans show that it will need portions of several properties in order to re-configure this intersection into what is known as a “continuous flow intersection.”
According to the project description notes in the preliminary plans, this continuous flow intersection is “the first of its kind in the State of Florida.” A continuous flow intersection diverts traffic making a left-hand turn into separate lanes, which contain a traffic signal and allow drivers to make left-hand turns before the main intersection. The website says the benefits of continuous flow intersections include increasing traffic capacity and reducing traffic delay.
This video shows how a continuous flow intersection works:
As you can see, a continuous flow intersection will significantly change the existing intersection at State Road 82 and Daniels Parkway/Gunnery Road!
If you own property in that area, now is the time to educate yourself about the State Road 82 widening project.
According to the FDOT’s website, the next phase of the project along this segment is right-of-way acquisition, which is scheduled to begin in early 2014. (Right-of-way acquisition has not been funded yet, so dates are subject to change.) Stay tuned to our blog for future developments on the Colonial/Lee Boulevard to Shawnee Road segment of the State Road 82 widening project.