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Destin to send safety improvements to FDOT

FDOTLogoDESTIN, FL– Whether or not a traffic light is ever set up at US Hwy 98 and Marler St. is still up for debate; however city leaders have actually consented to progress with a handful of recommendations to the FDOT.

“I have attempted over the last year approximately to discover some type of compromise that’s acceptable to all sides, however I have been unsuccessful,” Greg Kisela, City Supervisor, said of the proposed signal.

Based on a security evaluation, Kisela thinks the city must ask the FDOT to do the following to enhance the overall security from Airport Road to the Marler Bridge:

  • Include improved landscaping of the means from Airport Road to the Marler Bridge as part of FDOT’s 3R task.
  • Request FDOT to money a detailed study to assess U.S. 98 from Airport Roadway to the Marler Bridge, with an emphasis on the conceptual plans from Canin Associates as part of the Envision Destin procedure.
  • Delay setup of the proposed traffic signal at Marler Street and U.S. 98 until the city wraps up a strategy to develop a parking structure on site.
  • Consist of a thorough analysis of the Harbor Boulevard/Stahlman Avenue intersection to improve traffic flow. After the study, ask Florida Department of Transportation to fund and set up the necessary improvements as part of 3R job.
  • Set up five lighted pedestrian crosswalks (by Spring 2016) on U.S. 98 at Oyster Bar & AJ’s Seafood, Capt. Royal Melvin Heritage Park, Melvin Street, Chic-fil-A and Big Kahuna’s (1/4 mile west of Airport Roadway).

Not all feedback from the community about the proposed improvements has actually been positive.
Mike Buckingham, who has home near the Marler Street parking lot, stated it’s time to stop fighting back and forth over a traffic signal.

“It’s tough to believe we are still here and have not gotten this fixed yet,” he said.
Buckingham informed city leaders Florida Department of Transportation “has said multiple times they are not in favor of the traffic control.”.

The next step for the road improvements is for the document to be sent out to the Florida Department of Transportation for evaluation. City leaders will be presented with Florida Department of Transportation’s response at a future date.

Read more at Northwest Florida Daily News.

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