A week after TR broke a story about a proposal to build a four-lane road that would run through Killearn Estates, the proposal appears dead.
At today’s CRTPA meeting, the “Killearn Corridor” option for relieving traffic congestion on Thomasville Road and I-10 was ruled out in a unanimous vote of the Agency. The vote took place before the scheduled presentation by the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) consultant and before any citizens spoke on the issue.
This is what happened.
Just before the presentation by the FDOT consultant, City Commissioner Curtis Richardson, who was presiding as Chair of the meeting, let the audience know that the City of Tallahassee had nothing to do with the “Killearn Corridor” becoming a possible solution to traffic congestion.
After his comments, County Commissioner John Dailey asked that the “Killearn Corridor” proposal be voted on before the presentation and before citizen’s were given the opportunity to speak. It appeared about 30 people had showed up to speak on the issue.
Elected officials appeared to baffled at how the Killearn Corridor proposal made it into the study. City Commissioner Scott Maddox commented that the idea was against the City’s long standing policy of not to approve major roads that would disrupt neighborhoods.
City Commissioner Miller talked about how the proposal did not make sense.
Without the Killearn Corridor, the study revealed that options to relieve congestion on Thomasvile Road and I-10 appear to be limited to widening the road and/or placing more emphasis on public transportation.