For immediate release - Jan. 19, 2005
TAVARES — Similar to the old adage “If you at first don’t succeed, try, try again,” Lake County traffic engineers finally won approval for a State Road 46 traffic light after previous requests were unsuccessful.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) notified Lake County officials last week that a new traffic light has been approved for the State Road 46 and Round Lake Road intersection. Since 2001, Lake County has lobbied for the traffic light for the busy intersection used by commuters from Lake and two neighboring counties and a nearby elementary school.
“There have been numerous requests from the public for a traffic light at the intersection,” said Fred Schneider, Director of the Lake County Engineering Division. “The County passed a resolution on it a couple of years ago and forwarded it to FDOT.”
State Road 46 is an arterial roadway that serves as a busy route for Lake County residents to Interstate 4. The intersection with Round Lake Road is especially hectic as the road is home to Round Lake Elementary School and serves as a connector to Orange County.
“With Round Lake Elementary School being there traffic has really increased,” said Commissioner Catherine Hanson. “During certain times of the day, it had become quite dangerous on State Road 46.”
In a resolution forwarded to the state transportation department in September 2001, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners said they were “concerned with improving and enhancing traffic safety” as the Sorrento intersection “has a substantial record of traffic crashes.”
“We’ve put in before with the state to evaluate if it was justified to having a light there,” Hanson said. “It always came back that the traffic light wasn’t warranted, but we kept trying.”
According to Schneider, FDOT is scheduled to install the new traffic light in the next 12 months.
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