Drivers Beware on Buck Lake Road

Buck Lake Road is eastbound traffic only with phase III of the construction project underway, which is from Davis Drive to Pedric Road.

Drivers are urged to extra cautious with Leon County Schools starting Monday.

Phase III of the Buck Lake Road Construction project began earlier this year.

Public Works administrators have coordinated with the Leon County School district and the principal at Buck Lake Elementary School to ensure traffic moves smoothly for drivers in that area when school starts.

Tony Park, Leon Count y Public Works Director, says, "I just suggest that they be patient, watch out for the workers. If at all possible, look at possibly carpooling with your neighbor such that only one vehicle brings the students to school."

Infrastructure improvements on Buck Lake Road include the installation of turn lanes, sidewalks, bike lanes, and the enhancement of stormwater management systems.

The Buck Lake Road project is under contract to be complete October 2012, but is expected to be finished before then.

For more information on the construction project on Buck Lake Road, visit

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  • by mike Location: buck lake on Nov 1, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    this is not well planned. head eastbound when school is out. There is no turn lane for the student pick, just east of Pedrick.
  • by Buck Lake Biker Location: Tallahassee - Buck Lake Rd on Aug 19, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    I live right in the middle of the Buck Lake improvement zone and I won't judge someone standing around because I know that there are OSHA guidelines that dictate #s on the job even if all are not needed (thanks big government). Can we ask what we can do beside complain? How about observing the 25 mile per hour speed limit!!! When I am attempting to get out onto Buck Lake Road the biggest pain, worse than the construction and dust, are the individuals that speed through it at a 40 mph clip! Slow down people! If someone gets hit/killed you will be the first to blame bad planning rather than speed precautions which are routinely ignored.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2011 at 05:05 AM
    I've lived in Tallahassee for 15 years and I don't think I have ever driven/rode on Buck Lake. Guess I am fortunate not to frequent the area.
  • by big shady Location: East 90 on Aug 18, 2011 at 10:30 PM
    EVERY time I go down 90 there is one man on a piece of equipment and 15 others standing around leaning on a shovel. It is a major highway, why arent they working on it 24/7 like they did on the interstate? They could have been done long ago. Driving through that stretch from Vineyard Publix to Walden Rd. is like playing russian roulette.
  • by phil Location: Tally on Aug 18, 2011 at 08:24 PM
    It would really help if we had sheriff's deputies out on the first couple of days. Have them at Buck Lake and Pedrick and at Buck Lake and Mahan.
  • by Randy on Aug 18, 2011 at 06:41 PM
    I'd love to know what "genius" decided it was a good idea to have construction going on at two locations (Mahan and Buck Lake) at the SAME time. Do they not realize these two roadways feed into each other? This was a STUPID idea!
  • by Robert Location: Buck Lake on Aug 18, 2011 at 04:58 PM
    I'm originally from Phoenix, AZ... and this town has some of the laziest construction crews I've ever seen. Between Mahan and Buck Lake, they could have been done a long time ago. The cities of Phoenix and Mesa added 2 lanes in each direction to a 20 mile stretch of the I-10 in 18 months. And now, instead of adding dedicated turn-in and turn-out lanes for Buck Lake Elementary, they are adding... sidewalks. When the width is limited by the telephone lines on either side of the street. It's absolutely ridiculous. The county needs to bid these projects with tighter deadlines and fine the contractor every day they are off schedule.
  • by Tom Location: TLH on Aug 18, 2011 at 03:51 PM
    The residents in the area can speak better to this than I, but I drive it enough to know that if the project was actually being worked on, it might be done by now. Mahan Drive has slowed to a crawl now, too, both traffic and construction.
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