City of Tallahassee to Conduct Traffic Study

By: City of Tallahassee Release
By: City of Tallahassee Release

Tallahassee, Florida - October 20, 2011 -

The City of Tallahassee submitted a permit application to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) this week and received approval to temporarily close one of the two right turn lanes on the westbound Tennessee Street approach at Capital Circle Northwest in order to conduct a traffic study. The study is expected to confirm results from a preliminary operational analysis conducted by the City and FDOT, which demonstrated a slight improvement in traffic flow at the intersection by converting the dual right turn lanes to a single turn lane under yield control. The potential change is the result of the City examining the issue because of the excessive number of red light violations at the intersection.

"Since the camera was installed at the westbound approach last year, as many as 1,000 red light violations have been issued at this approach during a single month. Due to the high number of violations and in response to citizen concerns, we've been paying close attention to this intersection,” said Allen Secreast, Traffic Mobility Manager for the City. "In addition, changing this approach to a single right turn lane controlled by a yield sign would potentially result in a minor operational improvement and would make it consistent with the other three approaches at this intersection.”

Currently, the dual right turn lanes are controlled by a traffic signal, and right turns on red are prohibited. FDOT prohibits turning right on red because of the size of the intersection and limited sight distance in combination with the dual turn lanes. A reduction in lanes would allow traffic to operate under a yield condition. If no operational concerns arise during a two-week study period, the City will request FDOT's permission to make the modifications permanent, which will include repaving, restriping and adding new signage to the approach.

One of six intersections being monitored by the City's Red Light Camera Safety Program, the City has taken extra efforts to alert motorists of the “no turn on red” restriction at this specific approach. Additional signs were installed, and a lighted digital message board advising motorists of the restriction was placed in close proximity to the stop line. While the straight through and left turn lanes will continue to be monitored by a camera, the proposed modification would eliminate the need to monitor the right turns if they are operating under a yield control. Drivers should continue to obey the signal until the proposed modifications are put in place. Notice of Violations will continue to be issued for running the red light and making right turns on red until the conversion is complete and the signal is replaced with a yield sign.

On Wednesday the City Commission will hear an update on the Red Light Camera Safety Program at the regular Commission meeting, including the proposed extension of the current contract with the vendor necessary to install seven additional cameras. Proposed intersections include Capital Circle NE/Mahan Drive, Tharpe Street/High Road, Monroe Street/Allen Road and Capital Circle NE/Centerville Road.


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  • by DLS on Nov 3, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    I am one against the camera's for many reasons. I say let the police get out there and do their jobs writing tickets! AS previous stated the one at Tenn & CC will flash like crazy even when nobody is going through the light or speeding!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    I love the haters in here! Bunch of whiners who are probably the ones running the freaking lights and then complaining about it because they got caught. HaHaHa! Stop running the lights and the problem will be solved! There is no fighting the tickets when they have video of you running the light...freaking hilarious how many people are against these because they know they can't win.
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      by God bless America on Oct 23, 2011 at 04:55 PM in reply to
      Big brother is watching you..........
  • by God Bless America Location: tally on Oct 21, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    traffic study?...or is it another way to scam money from citizens?
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Oct 20, 2011 at 05:51 PM
    ALSO, if you really MUST have the Cameras, you need to have one pointing at the "Stop Bar" because out TPD Chief has stated that "if the Cars Front Bumper crosses the Stop Bar before the Light turns RED, it is Legal to continue thru the Light.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Oct 20, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    Someone needs to Sit in frontof the Dodge Dealership on Tennessee Street at the Cornor and just watch those Cameras. Every time I sit in Traffic, I watch those Cameras and they will look like a Strobe Light and the Cars will be stoped. Several of the Camers around Town are like that, taking Pics of Vehicles sitting Still.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 11:36 AM in reply to DTH
      The cameras will take a photo after the light is red when it detects movement and then another when or if a car actually goes through the intersection. The first one can be ignored if no one runs the light. Sort of a before and after picture. The video is the ultimate proof though.
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      by DLS on Nov 3, 2011 at 03:19 PM in reply to DTH
      That is the truth! Sometimes they are like strobe lights and nobody doing anything wrong! I think the lights are so inaccurate!
  • by Tom Location: TLH on Oct 20, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    "City of Tallahassee to Conduct Traffic Study" Who will they hire to read it to them?
  • by Tired Location: Tallahassee on Oct 20, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    Red light cameras according to federal law are illegal! And their is nothing wrong with the proposed intersections, seems to me that Tallahassee wants to wast more of my money! The rich people in this town thinks they can run this town how ever they please outside of federal law, let's see what happens when we get the feds involved! And please people of Tallahassee stand up and stop letting these greedy politicians change every law to their liking!
  • by Tired Location: Tallahassee on Oct 20, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    Red light cameras according to federal law are illegal! And their is nothing wrong with the proposed intersections, seems to me that Tallahassee wants to wast more of my money! The rich people in this town thinks they can run this town how ever they please outside of federal law, let's see what happens when we get the feds involved! And please people of Tallahassee stand up and stop letting these greedy politicians change every law to their liking!
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      by anonymous on Oct 20, 2011 at 04:55 PM in reply to Tired
      Yep, but the city keeps voting them back in.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM in reply to Tired
      stop running the red lights...
  • by Rufus Location: Tally on Oct 20, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    I hope they end up removing the camera, but it still doesn't change the fact that the City wastes tons of money.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Oct 20, 2011 at 11:37 AM
    If you also planning to remove the Camera then I say, GO FOR IT.
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