The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is proposing to improve safety and traffic operations on East Colonial Drive (State Road (S.R.) 50) at the intersection with Sherman Street. A Signal Warrant Study was conducted at this location in November 2018. It was determined that a traffic signal was not warranted, but it was recommended that the full median opening be modified to a directional opening. This will allow westbound vehicles to still turn left onto Sherman Street, but will only allow right turns out of Sherman Street onto East Colonial Drive as shown below. This modification improves safety in the area by reducing the number of conflict points at this location.
One of the most important responsibilities of the FDOT is to ensure that the design of each state road properly balances access and mobility. Access Management is the planning and control of the location, spacing, design and operation of driveways, median openings and street connections to a roadway. Access Management designates where and how vehicles enter and exit a roadway, helps protect public investment in roadways and improves public safety by preserving mobility, reducing delays and minimizing crashes.