Walton County has recently received information from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) that they plan to move forward with the signalization of the intersection at State Road 30 (US 98) at Geronimo Street as requested by the County’s Public Works Department.
On April 22nd, 2013, District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander facilitated a public meeting between the citizens in the area and members of Public Works and the Florida Department of Transportation. The signalization of the intersection has been something that the County has been working on for many years.
“This project is one that I and the area residents have been working on for a long time. It is exciting to learn that the FDOT listened to our citizens and sees the need for a safer intersection,” said Comander. “We have lost too many lives in this area because of the unsafe conditions. A signalized intersection will also give the fire station located on South Geronimo a safer way to respond to emergencies.”
Based on that meeting, the Florida Department of Transportation began to evaluate the need for signalization of the intersection and also the need for the construction/extension of turn lanes. Based on their study, FDOT has recommended the following:
· A recommendation for the Department to install a fully actuated traffic signal at the intersection of SR 30 (US 98) and Geronimo Street.
· A recommendation for Walton County to construct an exclusive northbound right-turn lane on Geronimo Street at State Road 30 (US 98) per FDOT Standard Index 301.
· A recommendation for Walton County to repair/replace the damaged STOP sign on the southbound approach of Geronimo Street.
At this time, FDOT plans to pursue construction of the recommended fully actuated traffic signal at the subject intersection. The timeframe for implementation of this project will be dependent upon the need for Right-of-Way, and availability of funding.
“I will continue to work with county staff and the DOT to make sure that funding is secured as soon as possible,” said Comander. “To me this is a health and safety issue, which I take very seriously as a Commissioner.”