Monday, May 12, 2008

Letter to County regarding Need for Stop Signs

May 5, 2008

D.J. Galloway and Traffic Advisory Council Members

Manager Traffic Operations

1001 Sarasota Center Blvd.

Sarasota, Fla. 34240

To All:

As residents of Lake Sarasota neighborhood, located on Bee Ridge Road east of I-75, we would once again like to request some stop signs to be placed at the following intersections in our community. We were granted one sign by the Traffic Advisory Council in November that was placed at the intersection of Mauna Loa and Friendship Drive. The people residing in that area feel that the sign has indeed helped to slow speeding cars. But there is seven tenths of a mile between that sign and the next one, on Mauna Loa and Luawana. Speeding is still a problem for the residents living on the section of Mauna Loa between these two stop signs.

The cross streets located between these two signs are:

  • Mauna Loa and Luzon
  • Mauna Loa and Suva
  • Mauna Loa and Fiji

A stop sign placed on both the north and south side of Mauna Loa at one or more of these cross streets would significantly slow fast moving traffic in both directions.

Please consider this request knowing that the traffic issue in this neighborhood is destined to increase in the coming months. There is considerable construction taking place across from the entrance to our community and there is now a school housed in the church on Hand Ave., not to mention Lakeview Elementary traffic, the public park and the dog park. Many service vehicles and residents of other areas already use Mauna Loa as a cut through to Proctor. Once the construction across Bee Ridge is complete we can expect that type of traffic to increase dramatically.

The traffic issue in this neighborhood is not only a critical safety issue but also a detriment to those looking to purchase property in our neighborhood, thereby affecting everyone’s property values. Please keep this in mind when making your decision.

Our community has worked long and hard to bring about positive changes in Lake Sarasota. The traffic issue is an important issue to the residents here and we will continue in our effort to improve the conditions on Mauna Loa and other streets where speeding is rampant.

Sincerely,

Lake Sarasota Community Group

P.O. Box 21983, Sarasota, Fla. 34231

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