During this Tuesday’s meeting, the Leon County Commission is set to vote on safety enhancements to the section of Meridian Road between Gardner Road and Summerbrooke Drive. The enhancements are estimated to have a fiscal impact of $6,000 and will be procured from existing funds under the road maintenance budget.
The recommendations for the enhancements come after a recent vehicular accident involving three teenagers, two of which tragically lost their lives and one suffered minor injuries.
On the morning of March 29, 2021, the SUV carrying the three teens, departed its lane along an “S” curve on Meridian Road. The particular area is prone to accidents, 16 occurring in the last three years. Eight of the 16 crashes were caused by going off road or lane departures, which makes up half of the accidents. Animal related reasons or other contributing factors, such as a rear end collision, make up the other fifty percent.
Additionally, it was found that 11 of the 16 crashes occurred after dark and only four of the crashes occurred due to poor weather conditions.
The countermeasures proposed are to install Retro-reflective Pavement Markers to the center-line of the road and to the edge of the pavement. These pavement markers will enhance visibility at night, as well as create a vibration if a vehicle strays from their lane.
Chevron signs would also be added along the curve where there is sufficient right-of-way present. According to the report “vehicular running speed is markedly lower” with the presents of chevron signs. The signs will further provide additional warning for drivers to be mindful of their speed and lane position.