It was revealed tonight at a Blueprint Meeting that the Shamrock Extension is not the best option to meet the traffic objectives of the Northeast Gateway/ Welaunee Boulevard project.
Rather, the recently completed traffic analysis indicates that extending Welaunee Boulevard from Fleischmann Road to Roberts Road is the option that most effectively deals with traffic in the region, which includes the growing Canopy Development.
The traffic objective of the project includes relieving traffic from Thomasville Road, Killearn Center Boulevard, Centerville Road, and Miccosukee Road.
The meeting – billed a Traffic Modeling Information Session – was held from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Montford Middle School.
The Shamrock Extension has been the focus of controversy for Killearn Estates residents since the first meeting on the project back in March. Residents feared the Shamrock Extension option would send more traffic through the neighborhood via Shamrock Street South.
The concern resulted in the Killearn Homes Association taking several votes favoring the Roberts Road option. The Association also hired a lobbyist, a lawyer, and a traffic engineer.
Since the March meeting, Blueprint officials repeatedly stated that the traffic analysis would guide the future of the project. However, elected officials consistently heard concerns from resident in the neighborhoods that would possibly be impacted by the Shamrock Extension.
The results of the traffic analysis will be presented to the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency on December 12th.
Also, it appears that the Shamrock Extension could be added if desired. The traffic analysis shows that with the Roberts Road extension, the Shamrock Extension would not increase traffic through Killearn Estates and could be considered a convenience for residents.
Representatives of the Killearn Homes Association told TR that the Board has yet to decide which option to support.