With the city growing in size after the addition of the area known as “The Wedge,” and traffic increasing substantially, Parkland is considering improvements at certain intersections.
The City Commission is in favor of adding a northbound left-turn lane at Old Club Road and University Drive. According to a traffic study, more than 40 vehicles queue up at the intersection during the morning and evening peak hours. The roadway would fail before 2020 if improvements are not made.
According to Keith and Schnars, the city’s traffic consultant, Broward County will not allow the construction of a left-turn lane unless the stop signs are removed. The consultant’s recommendation was to remove the stop signs at the intersection, but city officials said that could be too risky.
One of the options before the commission was to postpone the improvements until there is enough traffic to warrant a signal at the intersection. Commissioner Christine Hunschofsky, who had initiated the discussion on a citywide mobility-needs assessment plan, said she wants the city to address the situation without any delay rather than wait until 2020.
Adding a left-turn lane would have a positive effect on the current stacking at the intersection, said Hunschofsky, who also said the city should consider adding a sidewalk. It would be difficult for people to get out of the Parkland Golf and Country Club if the stop signs are removed, she said.
The other officials were in agreement. “There are a lot of cars at the intersection during the morning and evening peak hours,” said Vice Mayor Stacy Kagan. “I agree we need the left lane. The idea of removing the stop signs scares me.”
The additional traffic along University Drive is caused in part by the road’s recent extension to Loxahatchee Road, which gave motorists access to State Road 7. Traffic on University is expected to increase further as the city’s population grows from 24,000 to about 40,000 when The Wedge is completely built out.
The City Commission also decided to move ahead with the plan to connect the existing sidewalk at Ranch Road to Holmberg Road alongside Northwest 87th Avenue. The project includes a crosswalk to connect the proposed sidewalk to the existing one on the south side of Holmberg Road.
Both the county and the North Springs Improvement District have approved the project, and the city is ready to move ahead with the plan as is, but county staffers have identified another location for the crosswalk.
“The city’s preferred location is so much better,” said Mayor Michael Udine. “That is where it belongs. The county location doesn’t even make sense to me.”
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Proposed at Old Club Road and University Drive
— Addition of northbound, left-turn lane
— Removal of stop signs
— Creation of a sidewalk
Approved on Northwest 87th Avenue
— Extension of sidewalk from Ranch Road to Holmberg Road along Northwest 87th Avenue
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