After a kick-off meeting by Blueprint officials and another meeting with the Killearn Homeowners Association (KHA), it is clear that the debate over the Northeast Gateway will hinge on the findings of a traffic analysis.
Killearn Estates Concerns: Ahead of the kick-off meeting, the KHA Board voted to oppose Phase I of the project which connects Welaunee Blvd. to Shamrock at Centerville Road. The Board’s concerns, echoed by residents at meetings, is the new traffic pattern will increase cars using Killearn Estates streets.
What the KHA Supports: KHA voted against Phase I, but supports Phase II of the project which will extend Welaunee Blvd from Fleischmann to Roberts Road. The KHA believes this road has minimal impact on established neighborhoods.
Northeast Gateway Purpose: Documents show that officials believe “Welaunee Boulevard and other region-serving roads” may take pressure off the scenic and protected Miccosukee and Centerville canopy roads, and potentially avoid costs for upgrades at the Thomasville Road and U.S. 90 I-10 interchanges. (Emphasis added)
Traffic Analysis: Officials at the Northeast Gateway meetings have repeatedly said that the “alternatives” to the Phase I will be largely determined by a traffic analysis which has yet to be completed. If the traffic analysis shows that pressure is reduced at the Thomasville Road I-10 interchange by increasing traffic flows through Killearn Estates, expect Killearn Estates residents and the KHA to increase their opposition to Phase 1.