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State’s first continuous flow intersection is here

Traffic pattern expected to reduce congestion

July 17, 2019
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

State Road 82 has become the first thoroughfare in Florida is implement a new intersection configuration designed to improve both traffic flow and safety.

Florida Department of Transportation held its official ribbon cutting last Tuesday on the first "continuous flow intersection" constructed in the state of Florida. The intersection opened to traffic on State Road 82 at the intersection of Daniels Parkway and Gunnery Road.

Law enforcement was on hand to assist with traffic to assist motorists during the ribbon cutting and were able to maneuver through the new CFI without incident.

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Lee County drivers experience first continuous flow intersection in the state.

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According to FDOT spokesperson JoAnn May, one eastbound thru lane on SR 82 will still have barricades and will remain closed until widening work is completed to the east.

"There are still signals to control traffic at the intersection and to allow left turning vehicles to make the cross over to the opposite side of traffic," May said.

Now traffic making a left turn will be directed to the left side of oncoming traffic in advance of the intersection, which allows vehicles to make a left turn while through traffic continues.

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According to May, the projected effects the new CFI will have on easing up congestion should be substantial.

"The intersection, and the widening project in general, will improve traffic flow and safety. The CFI is the most efficient intersection that we can build without building an overpass, so it will be a tremendous improvement over the previous intersection. Additionally, the project includes medians, sidewalks, bike lanes and LED lighting which will all improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Previously, SR 82 had none of these," Maysaid.

Overall the main difference between the new CFI and the use of a conventional intersection will be how motorists are able to turn left from SR-82 onto Daniels Parkway or Gunnery Road.

While this will be the first continuous flow intersection in the state, the concept is presently being used to alleviate congested roadways world-wide as well as parts of the U.S.

The FDOT has informational videos and instructions available on the use of the CFI.

"We have banners up at key locations that promote our website, SR82Flow.com," May said. "There is also an instructional video on how to drive the intersection."

Future projects for the FDOT on SR 82 include the segment from Colonial Boulevard to Shawnee Road, which carries a $55 million price tag, and will be followed by further reconstruction of the highway to the Hendry County line.

"In addition to three travel lanes in each direction, sidewalks and bike paths will be added with paved shoulders at either edge of the road," May said.

The State Road 82 Road Widening Project began in 2008, when the FDOT completed the Project Development and Environment Study to evaluate improvements to SR 82 from Lee Boulevard to SR 29. They then evaluated the 23-mile of roadway and began to prepare the design and construction plans, which were divided into smaller segments; to include the three segments that are currently underway: from Lee Boulevard to Shawnee Road, Shawnee Road to Alabama Road, and Alabama Road to the Lee/Hendry County Line.

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Transportation's website at www.fdot.gov.

 
 

 

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