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Council's Corner: Four options proposed to improve traffic, safety at intersection

March 29, 2017

The Community Council of Lehigh Acres had the privilege of listening to a very informative and interesting presentation from Kris Cella about the plans to make safety related changes to the intersection of Lee Boulevard and Gunnery Road.

The members were impressed with the knowledge, the graphic displays and the question-and-answer period provided by the design company.

Four options were presented, each one feasible. Studies will be continued to determine which option best serves the community in that area of traffic concern.

- Continuous flow intersection: This type of intersection removes the conflicting left turns by placing the left turn from Lee Boulevard on to Gunnery Road several feet in advance of the main intersection. Continuous flow intersections eliminate the left turn arrow signal phase completely, allowing the left turn movement and Lee Boulevard thru movement occurring at the same time, reducing intersection delays. On the north and southbound streets (Gunnery) right turns are ushered through slip lanes that merge onto Lee Boulevard downstream of the intersection.

- Median U-turn intersections: Guide all traffic, except left turning vehicles, through the main intersection. Left turning vehicles turn through U-turn openings in the median beyond the main intersection. This method eliminates the left turn at the main intersection simplifying signal timings by eliminating the need for a left turn arrow and provides more green time and less congestion to the major direction.

- Quadrant lanes: Eliminate the need for left turn lanes by using queue lanes for left turns. The main lanes in the intersection will operate on a two-phase signal system. Lee Boulevard is the main artery on the two-phase signal system and Gunnery will continue to be the secondary roadway and will operate on a three-phase system.

- Queue lanes: Take the existing three lanes on each side of Lee Boulevard down to two lanes and add two queue left turn lanes. Queue lanes provide a more continuous flow, reducing the number of traffic light phases. They also aid in moving more cars per hour through the intersection and reduces vehicle conflict points.

Most important items being studied next are how and which one of the options will affect school traffic, bike traffic and pedestrian traffic as the main concern for the improved intersection is safety to all.

The Community Council is discussing several matters of concern to Lehigh Acres and are looking to welcome new members with new ideas and positive input.

Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Lehigh Acres Sheriff's Office East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N.

The Lehigh Acres Community Council serves as the voice for unincorporated Lehigh Acres. To contact the council, email



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