As part of the latest phase of the construction at The Lakes of Franklin Mills subdivision, Admore Drive was connected from SR59 (next to Klaben auto dealership) through to Fairchild Avenue. While it may be physically connected by asphalt now, there’s significantly more work that needs to be done before it’s ready for prime time traffic so it has not been officially opened to public traffic yet. But apparently that hasn’t stopped some people from making their own short cut — which is why the City will be installing barricades this week.
The City’s Engineering Division sent me a few reasons why Admore Drive needs to remain closed to non-construction vehicles that I thought I’d share:
1.) Construction Safety – The most recent phase of construction at The Lakes of franklin Mills Subdivision has not been completed or dedicated to the City yet which means there are still numerous construction vehicles that are working in this area. Construction work is inherently dangerous but when you throw in unexpected public traffic trying to weave through it, you create a lot of unnecessary safety hazards. Since the area is not supposed to have public traffic yet, no construction work zones have been established which means the cut thru traffic also presents a danger to any construction personnel that are still working in this area.
2.) Intersection Safety – The intersection of Admore Drive and SR59 is a potentially dangerous location. The existing heavy volume of traffic on SR59 along with any cut through traffic trying to utilize Admore Drive will increase the potential for vehicular accidents at the intersection. This intersection needs to be controlled by a traffic signal — which will be part of the road project (read the signal study) — but it’s not there now, so cutting through now will just increase the risk of getting in an accident.
Working in conjunction with the auto dealers, the City will be reconstructing Admore Drive from the South side of the bridge to SR59 in the near future. This project is scheduled to be built next spring–all things going per plan. A traffic signal is planned at SR59 as a part of this reconstruction project, as is a wide pedestrian/bike trail that will lead right to the new park complex (including the new skatepark) that Parks and Recreation is starting to grade out now. Admore Drive will need to be closed to traffic during all the reconstruction and new construction work anyways so closing the road to thru traffic now will help establish the traffic pattern needed for the duration of the project.
Admore Drive will be closed at the bridge (near the sewer pump station) to thru traffic starting this week. The road should be closed by Friday, December 01, 2006. There is a chain link fence at the south end of the bridge that spans the road and will be used for the road closure. A locked chain will also be used to secure the fence.
It should be noted that all traffic, including City forces, will have access to The Lakes of Franklin Mills and Fieldstone Subdivision continually off of Fairchild Avenue during the continued road closure.
If you were tempted to cut thru, please don’t.