Neighborhood Nightmare or Necessity?

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By: Matt Galka
May 8, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - It's a traffic nightmare for one local neighborhood. Construction has forced a detour through a small subdivision in Tallahassee and neighbors say the cars are just too much and are going too fast.

Many cars have to drive down the detour on Killarney Plaza Way for their evening commute. One neighbor says she's too afraid to walk her dog at night now because of speeders on the road.

Ever since the Killarney Way stormwater improvements began at the beginning of April, heavy traffic was forced to be detoured through neighborhoods.

Mindy Sugarman says that enough is enough after a close call with a speeding car while she was taking her dog for a walk

Sugarman: "I got about three or four feet from the curb over there, and all of a sudden this car is coming around the corner, and I kept walking and then I realized they weren't slowing down."

Sugarman says she had to jump on the sidewalk to avoid the car.

We decided that we'd test some of the drivers ourselves with the help of a Pro Laser III radar gun.

We clocked some people going more than miles per hour on the half mile detour. The posted speed limit is 25. Sugarman says it's much worse during the evening commute, and it could be only a matter of time before someone gets hurt

"There's people walking here, there's people walking their dogs, there's older mature people, there's kids that play in the street."

Brad Trotman, Killearn Homes Association: "The hands are tied for the guys in construction, they can't repave what they tear up every morning."

Representatives of the Killearn Homes Association say there's simply nowhere else to put the traffic while the road is closed. So they're relying on the folks behind the wheel.

"We'd like to ask that everyone slow down as much as possible and think about the safety of the residents."

The construction itself is supposed to alleviate flooding in the Killarney Way roundabout. Trotman estimates that the 1 million dollar plus project can be completed in 60 days. Until then, he says residents will just have to be patient.

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