Left turns could be removed during busy traffic hours on Bloomingdale Avenue

Posted at 5:59 PM, Oct 06, 2017

The idea of a reversible lane to help ease traffic congestion was brought up in May, but now a pilot study reveals more ideas on how it could happen. 

The Brandon Corridors & Mixed-Use Centers Pilot Project has a PowerPoint presentation that was meant to be presented in September, but was pushed back until Monday, Oct. 9 because of Hurricane Irma. 

The 60 page report looks into ways to alleviate traffic congestion in the Brandon area with several possible solutions that look into a reversible lane, studying Lumsden Road and SR 60. 

For business owners like Joseph France of Acropolis Greek Taverna, he worries about the no-left turns into his restaurant in the Winthrop Town Centre located on Bloomingdale Avenue. 

His Greek restaurant depends on easy access into the shopping complex.

"I've got a lot of people that have worked here almost nine years, the thought of losing revenue and them losing their jobs, that's pretty scary," he said. 

Luckily, this is the first stage of the idea that would eliminate left-turns during peak rush hour times. 

"I really didn't believe it," said France. 

Instead of making a left-turn a driver would have to make a right, then a u-turn to go the needed direction. 

The no left turns would also include stop lights from Lithia Pinecrest Road to 301 -- almost six miles. 

Other businesses like The Egg & I have the same concerns about the reversible lane. 

"Customers will not have access to my business easily," said Michael Sells, "it will have to take thought, planning and frustration."

The 60-page report outlines possible short term solutions, ideas of looking into working on infrastructure on other roads and the details of the reversible lane. 

The study does point out there are a lot of concerns about the reversible lane too, but this has turned into the most talked about proposal. 

There will be a public outreach meeting Oct. 30, 2017 at the Regent -- 6437 Watson Rd #101 in Riverview from 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

The FULL study can be seen here: click here.