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Drivers say intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 in Pasco County causes delays

Drivers want to see longer lights
Posted at 9:08 PM, Aug 21, 2018

LAND O' LAKES, Fla. — Drivers in Pasco County are asking state officials to change the duration of lights at one intersection in Land O' Lakes. 

Laurie O'Brien said she hits bumper to bumper traffic every morning at the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 in Pasco County.

She said it could take four or five rotations before she can make it through the light. 

"Very angry. Very angry. I'm wasting my time just sitting in traffic," said O' Brien. 

ABC Action News timed the duration of the light around 5:00 p.m. on eastbound State Road 54 and U.S. 41. The duration was about 50 seconds from when the light turned green until it turned red.

Drivers wonder why it can't be longer.

"You won't make it through the light and I've waited 15 minutes at least at this light," said O'Brien.

The Florida Department of Transpiration controls the duration of traffic lights.

Traffic data showed the most cars travel eastbound on State Road 54 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

More than 4,000 cars travel on the road during that time.

Another 3,400 cars travel westbound during that same time period, according to state records.

An FDOT spokesperson said state officials retimed the light at this intersection in 2016.  A spokesperson said, "It is a capacity issue. We have optimized the timings the best we can. If we increased the time it would only add more delay." 

Drivers beg state officials to reconsider.

"Please, please do something about this. We're getting more and more people out there and they're getting more and more frustrated," added O'Brien.