SR 64 at Rye Rd Roundabout
The intersection of SR 64 at Rye Rd was reconstructed in 2007 as part of the widening of SR 64. Since that time, local development has exploded in the area driving significant volumes through the intersection. In addition to more volume, the roadway characteristics of this one-time rural area encouraged higher speeds and as a result, safety issues were becoming more common at the intersection.
PGA assisted FDOT with changing the context of the corridor and establishing a modern roundabout at the intersection. With this new intersection control, development to south could be added without compromising safety through a new leg of the intersection. PGA led the design of this multi-lane roundabout, which included significant drainage improvements, utility coordination, right-of-way coordination, and complex traffic control plans. Other unique challenges addressed with this project included, tight ROW along the northside of SR 64, Joint-Use Pond Agreement with the Developer and a Utility Work by Highway Contract Agreement (UWHCA) where the contractor performed all of the county utility relocations as part of the construction efforts.
“When [this roundabout] was first proposed, many of the residents, me included, were adamantly against this. Yes, we saw the problems at this intersection… however we thought a traffic light was the solution. I have to tell you that this roundabout works much better than a traffic light. There are no backups any longer, there are no accidents… I’d like to eat my words and thank DOT for what I believe is a win-win situation for them and the community.”
– Rex Jensen, President and CEO, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc.
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