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Leon County to partner with developer on roundabout

By: Chris Gros Email
By: Chris Gros Email

UPDATE:
July 8, 2014
By:Chris Gros

Tallahassee, FL - Today, commissioners voted unanimously to enter a public-private partnership with the developer to construct the roundabout.

Benefits of the contract include shutting down Bannerman road for only 30 days instead of six months. The developer will let the county construct a by-pass road free of charge on their property for drivers to use as the construction goes on. Also, the time to expand Bannerman Road is severely cut down.

"By doing it with us and tying it in with what we're doing in our development it'll move it up ten years. And hopefully within the next 18 months to 24 months the road will be widened all the way past quail common," said Claude Walker of Summit Group Commercial Properties.

It’s estimated Leon County will pay more than $ 873,000 for construction of the by-pass road and roundabout. The by-pass road will be complete in three months’ time and the roundabout in about six weeks.


July 7, 2014
By: Chris Gros

Tallahassee,FL - You could be driving around in circles, very soon.

Leon County Commissioners are expected to make a decision on how a roundabout will be built on Bannerman Road in Tallahassee. The county can enter a public-private agreement with the land developer on the construction. The project would extend Beech Ridge Trail to Bannerman Road where the roundabout will be placed.

Residents of neighboring Killearn Lakes believe other issues need to be addressed.

"So you're bringing more people in to the area but you're not fixing the problem which has existed for some years now which is the widening of Bannerman Road and putting in traffic control devices that would help alleviate some of the congestion that occurs," said Michael Walker of Killearn Lakes.

Officials believe the roundabout will help alleviate that traffic. But some homeowners disagree.

"You just created a bottleneck in one part of town and I don't know if a roundabout is going to help alleviate the problem at least based on the blue print plans that I’ve seen," said Walker.

"For me I can't even get out on this road over here, I have to go down Kinhega and to Thomasville and I can't even get out on Bannerman," said Al Catani

If the agreement between the county and developer is entered Leon County will then coordinate the project to widen Bannerman road.
But some residents feel that's putting the cart before the horse.

Officials estimate it'll cost the county more than $873,000 to build the roundabout and by-pass road.

Tomorrow's public hearing starts at 6:00 p.m. at the county commission chambers.


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