Sunday, February 21, 2010

Residents remain concerned about design for Southwest 91st Street; Gainesville, FL

Residents remain concerned about design for Southwest 91st Street
There was a time when tree-lined Southwest 91st Street was considered out in the country.
Over the decades, residential growth west of Gainesville, including that in Haile Plantation, and the extension of the once dead-end road have brought a steady rise in traffic.
Now linking Newberry Road and Archer Road, 91st Street accommodated more than 8,000 vehicles daily between the stretch from Newberry Road to Southwest Eighth Avenue in 2008, according to traffic count numbers filed with the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization.
Shaded by an oak tree canopy, the road, also known as Fort Clarke Church Road, has maintained much of its rural look on that stretch from Newberry Road to Eighth Avenue, even as the road has grown heavily traveled.
It is one of one of only five official county scenic roads -- a designation the County Commission approved in 1987.
But some residents are worried the road will lose its charm and see an increase in safety problems under the designs for a road repaving project. Those plans are scheduled to go to the County Commission Tuesday night for what is likely to be a final vote on the proposed design before the project is bid for construction.

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