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Siesta Key residents worried about deadly road want more changes made

Posted at 4:47 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 18:04:05-05

SIESTA KEY, Fla. — Dozens of residents on Siesta Key are worried about safety on one of the key’s busiest roadways.

A two-mile stretch of the road has had four deadly accidents in just two years, according two neighbors.

“It’s like Nascar out there people just don’t take it seriously,” said Dee Reams.

Reams started the group “Make Siesta Drive Safer,” which has been contacting FDOT to get changes made. Group members said the most dangerous stretch is on Siesta Dr. near Higel Avenue.

"The residents on Siesta drive are in fear of pulling their cars out cause nobody seems to go the speed limit,” said Reams.

FDOT gave ABC Action News a list of some of the changes they’ve implemented over the past year.

The changes include:

  • Pavement reflectors
  • Lower speed limits at the curve
  • Speed detection signs
  • Trimming trees and shrubs
  • Speed detection signs
  • Curve warning signs

FDOT spokesperson Brian Rick said they will continue to look at safety on the roadway.

"Nothing is completely done as conditions change and as conditions warrant, we make additional safety enhancements,” said Rick.

FDOT leaders plan to meet with Sarasota County leaders next week about options for Siesta Drive.