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New roundabout coming to Alternate U.S. 19 and Florida Avenue in Palm Harbor

Posted: 5:46 AM, Jul 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-22 05:46:34-04
Alt 19 and Florida Roundabout Rendering

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — FDOT is planning a new roundabout for Alternate U.S. 19 and Florida Avenue in Palm Harbor to try and reduce crashes and increase pedestrian and bicycle safety.

The idea is to create more efficient traffic flow in the busy and congested intersection.

Alt 19 and Florida Roundabout Rendering

FDOT also says a roundabout will help slow drivers down and reduce high-impact crashes. State transportation leaders say if there are crashes, more than likely they will be a sideswipe crash at a lower speed, that will help reduce injuries.

State transportation planners say the roundabout will add better side street access to Alternate U.S. 19.

The roundabout will also allow for more design elements like plants, trees and more to increase the beauty of the intersection, as it serves as the gateway to Downtown Palm Harbor.

The project is still in the design phase and a timeline for construction still needs to be set.

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