Impact Fee Financed Road Work in Nassau County

Simmons is one straight shot to the Parkway

Simmons is one straight shot to the Parkway

About a week ago I read about some $4 million Nassau County has approved from impact fees to finance some road projects in the county and the city of Fernandina Beach.
Good move I thought scanning the various projects:

• Lem Turner Road at Spring Lake Drive: Turn lanes and associated roadway improvements.

• Chester Road from Home Depot to Heron Isles Parkway: Turn lanes and associated roadway improvements.

• Sadler Road and Citrona Drive: Turn lanes and associated roadway improvements.
• US 1 at Ratliff Road: Turn lanes and associated traffic signal and roadway improvements.

• US 301 at Sandy Ford Road: Turn lanes and associated roadway improvements.

• Blackrock Road: Turn lanes and associated roadway improvements.

• CR 107 at Goffinsville Road: Turn lanes and associated roadway improvements.

• CR 108 at CR 115A: Turn lanes and associated roadway improvements.

• 14th Street at Simmons Road: Turn lanes and associated roadway improvements.

Hold on, wait a minute. That stretch I drive every day. What are they planning there? They just put in a roundabout at the end of 14th and Amelia Parkway. Turn lanes on Simmons and 14th will make for a better traffic flow during certain hours of the day, assuming turn lanes from the North and South approach onto 14th and a turn left lane on Simmons and 14th. The idea is ok, but in my opinion not nearly as effective as pulling Simmons all the way through to Amelia Parkway. It would open up another option to connect to SR200 while relieving traffic on the 14th Street roundabout. In my daily experience most traffic coming down on Simmons to 14th take a left on 14th and a right at the roundabout direction SR200, making them naturals for a straight connection if Simmons would be pulled all the way to the Parkway, eliminating the need for turn lanes.

Just a thought…I could be wrong.

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