AVON PARK — The installation of a traffic signal light at U.S. 27 and Shop 16 Road will include a modification to the median just to the south at the Murphy USA convenience store.
The full median opening at the Murphy will be modified to be left turn directional only northbound so you can turn left into the Walmart entrance at the Murphy and southbound motorists will be able to turn left at the Shell station onto West Palmetto Street, according to Florida Department of Transportation permits coordinator Doug Stewart.
Motorists won’t be able to pull out of the side road (West Palmetto Street) and go straight across to Walmart or turn left to travel southbound on U.S. 27, and motorists won’t be able to exit at the Murphy gas and cross the southbound lanes to go northbound on U.S. 27, he noted.
Stewart said the traffic signal work at Shop 16 Road will come first. The general contractor on the signal project will be R.A. Rogers Construction Company of Altamonte Springs.
A crew was working Monday in a trench at the northwest corner of the intersection.
Two women made the treacherous crossing of U.S. 27 at the intersection Monday morning from the east side (Lake Isis Way) to the Shop 16 Road side.
One made it across with little wait, but the other waited longer for a break in the traffic to cross the northbound lanes and then waited in the median before crossing the southbound lanes.
There have been a number of accidents along that section of U.S. 27, including a pedestrian fatality in December when the victim was trying to cross U.S. 27 at Palmetto Street, the next intersection south of Shop 16 Road.
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