St. Lucie TPO
Residents who walk and bicycle on the SR-A1A South Causeway Bridge have requested that bicycle lanes be added to the bridge. The proposed improvements consist of the following:
  • The existing sidewalks, handrails, and concrete barriers on the bridge remain in their current locations;
  • The widths of the two inside travel lanes on the bridge are increased to 12 feet; and
  • The two outside travel lanes remaining on the bridge are restriped for buffered bicycle lands that are 8.5 feet wide and also designated for emergency vehicles, emergency evacuations, and disabled vehicles.

Wider lanes would improve safety for all modes of travel. In the case of emergency evacuation, all lanes would travel in the same direction off the island and the bike lanes would be utilized by vehicles.

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Public Workshop/Meeting Information:

Public input on the conceptual plan also can be provided at a Public Workshop to be conducted on Thursday, April 4th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Fort Pierce City Hall located at 100 North U.S. Highway 1 in Fort Pierce.

The conceptual plan and a summary of public input will be presented to the Fort Pierce City Commission at its meeting on Monday, April 15th at 6:30pm in the Fort Pierce City Hall located at 100 North U.S. Highway 1 in Fort Pierce.

Upon completion of the public input activities, the proposed project may be considered for endorsement by the St. Lucie TPO at its meeting on Wednesday, June 5th at 2:00pm at the St. Lucie TPO located at 466 SW Port St. Lucie Boulevard, Suite 111 in Port St. Lucie.

For additional information, please call the St. Lucie TPO at (772) 462-1593 or email to TPOAdmin@stlucietpo.org.

Bob W
Since the other 2 bridges on S Hutchinson have only 2 lanes and bike lanes I think it’s about time Seaway makes the change.
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Anonymous
We will go from inconveniencing a handful of bikers to inconveniencing thousands of citizen drivers with no consideration for safety or emergency evacuations.
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Anonymous
I would use this to ride my bike across the bridge, now I am afraid to ride my bike close to the low railing on the side walk
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Juan paz
The amount of vehicle traffic warrants all existing lanes if reduced it will create backups.
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Anonymous
I drive the bridge every day, many times a day. There's been times traffic has been backed up to the top of of the bridge going on the island. I cant imagine going down to 1 lane with traffic only getting heavier each season. All I see happening is this change effecting the us1 intersection and causing congestion there. It's a ripple effect. If anything put a turn only lane onto seaway from us1. Not enough bikers to warrant such a drastic change. Has there been research on how many bikers use the bridge?
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Chester Bryant
I’ve been a resident and owner for many many years. The traffic volume has steadily grown year after year. Reducing the bridge down to two lanes is a horrible idea and would only be planning for today rather than the future as city planners should always be focused on. Two lanes cannot come anywhere near handling the traffic volume of the future with the development that is fast approaching.
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Chas
Changing from 4 to 2 traffic lanes on the bridge would move the bottleneck of traffic during high season to US 1 and the RR tracks, creating a much more dangerous situation. I live on the island year around and need to commute by car (I am not retired). I cannot bike my way to work. Making my commute longer on the weekends causes more energy to be wasted and creates a more dangerous situation. Since when did cyclist control our roads? As it is, there have been many occasions driving down A1A when I've had to stop because groups of cyclist take over the road biking two or three abreast well outside the bike lane. Exercise is nice, but learning how to share the road in an appropriate way that gives priority to commerce and access should inform voting against this terrible idea. Thank you for allowing me to voice my opinion.
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Anonymous
Just put up a sign telling bicyclists to dismount when walkers are encountered giving them the right-of-way on the walkways. Safer than getting in the car traffic!
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Anonymous
Seems apparent there are more cars than bikes. Why would people be inconvenienced day in day out for work, Dr's appointments etc.? Please don't take away lanes. If anything find a way to ease traffic congestion for the masses not a few.
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Roger Anthony
Slow traffic is already nightmarish on the island. This would make it worse. I would support construction of a separate, dedicated bike and pedestrian passage.
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Donald E Root
It has worked fine for 45 years. Let it alone.
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Sally Griffith
This is a hurricane evacuation route and all 4 lanes are needed for emergencies. During normal driving times, car traffic has been increasing with the growing population and popularity of South Beach. To reduce the lanes to one each way would create stopped traffic on the bridge, which I have already experienced this winter. Bikers use the bridge at limited times, why can't they share the existing lanes? I am definitely NOT for this project.
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Kathleen Sozanski
we already have traffic jams on the south causeway. i am TOTALLY against these bike lines and losing TWO full lanes of traffic.
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Anonymous
Isn't it 2 lanes anyway on the east side of the bridge ?
Veronica Leal
I would utilize the bike lanes.
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jennifer Hoelscher
The suggested changes to add bike lanes concerns me greatly. We are currently part-time residents during the winter months but plan to be full-time residents next year. During the winter months when we are on the island, congestion on the weekends already backs up on the bridge with two lanes to disperse it. I can't imagine how difficult travel would be if these lanes were reduced to one lane. We would have traffic backing up US 1 and over the train tracks. In addition, I have found myself behind people driving over the bridge who have veered out of their lane because they took their eyes off the road to look down at the water. Someone wants to add an unprotected bicycle lane??? This spells disaster on so many levels! I know the neighbors I have talked to are very much against it and shocked it is even being considered. Have there been any studies or data collected to prove this is needed? We drive over to Ft. Pierce at least once a day when we are down during the high season and I think I have only seen a bicyclist one time (I do see pedestrians using it quite a bit). Finally, has anyone considered the harm this could cause the local retail stores and restaurants in this area? If it becomes too much of a pain to get over the bridge, many will just choose to go elsewhere. On a final note, if data has been collected and shows there is a need for a bicycle lane, why do you need two in addition to two walking lanes? What is so hard about converting one of the walking lanes to a bicycle lane? With this cost effective measure both walkers and bicycle riders could be protected by cement barriers as an added safety component.
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Anonymous
I wouldn't mind seeing a jersey barriers and 2 lanes in lieu of a bike lane and ask that bikers walk bikes on sidewalk. I think it's dangerous to ride a bike on that bridge.
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James A Johnson Jr
Living on South Beach now for 2 years and have seen just today at 2:15 pm 2 bicyclists, on sidewalks on Seaway, one on each side of the road. There are bicycle lanes and yet they are not used as the traffic flies down Seaway and Binney. I live on Binney and Alhambra and witness daily traffic speeding over 59 mph in front of my home. I do agree that putting higher railings on the bridge is needed for safety for walkers and bicycles. Pedestrians and bicyclists need to co exist on the bridge. The tie up of traffic heading into the island would be horrendous during the weekends and the evenings. Then dealing with Virgin Train issues upcoming would again impede the traffic even more. The only times I have seen actual bicycle riders on the bridge riding, is once on the shoulder which was very scary for the bicyclist and myself. This area is not a yuppie area where all ride in packs like motorcycles. I moved here from Charleston to enjoy a quiet island which I am. There is an old saying that I still believe true. Don’t fix what isn’t broken. The real problem is the speeding. These funds need to allocated to installing speed humps to slow the traffic. With all the business here, restaurants and a new shopping complex being built please consider the impact of irate drivers vs happy bicyclists.
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Raw
St Lucie County already has plenty of bike lanes. Restricting the traffic flow on a bridge that is frequently congested is ludicrous especially since there are no viable alternatives for the residents of the north end of S. Hutchingson island to reach Fort Pierce. I normally ride a bike about 50 miles each weak so I do not have any bias against cyclists.
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Anonymous
Need barriers between north and south lanes —would be most important
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Anonymous
Traffic will be backed up from railroad to round about. This is not a good plan.
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Anonymous
Not necesssary, and, IMO, will create a more dangerous situation, as narrowing the travel lane will not necessarily slow down traffic. Speeding over the bridge had been an ongoing issue. Add unprotected bicylists and it's an accident waiting to happen. More residents will be inconvenienced than those who will benefit. Mine is a NO vote. Please spend our tax dollars responsibly!!!
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Kathleen Fredrick
If a bicycle lane is warranted, and that is a big IF, it should be added to the bridge. A bicycle/ pedestrian pathway would not need to be built to the same weight load standards as vehicle lanes. As the community grows, how can the removal of two vehicle travel lanes possibly be justified? The Seaway drive improvements should have added lanes, not just added sidewalks and expensive palm trees. Given the callousness if today’s drivers, I have a hard time imagining that the exclusivity of the bike lane will be respected by car drivers. They will just use the bike lane as a passing lane. If anything, a bike lane may make it more dangerous for bikers rather than less dangerous.
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Erick Gill
It make sense to reduce it from four lanes to two. As it is now - you have people racing over the bridge only to be jammed up once they get over to the island because it reduces to one lane. During "season" - I've seen traffic backed up from the roundabout at Chuck's Seafood to the top of the bridge.
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Frank
I support the project and the overall concept. However, I feel that a striped shoulder is an insufficient barrier; impatient drivers will use it to pass on the right and possibly as a travel lane, endangering cyclists and pedestrians. At a minimum there should be flexible plastic poles within the striped shoulder, or possibly a substantial barrier and signage at all four points of entry to the bicycle/pedestrian lane. If this project is not approved, a higher railing should be installed, or perhaps a 6 foot cyclone fence just inside the current railing.
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Anonymous
Traffic is heavy enough during the tourist season without reducing lanes for bikes.
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Steven Auston
Automobile traffic constitutes the vast majority of bridge use, contributes a far greater amount by fuel taxes for maintenance. Unimpeded access for vehicles is paramount. Bicycles can be walked over the bridge on the already provided sidewalks for safety reasons. Traffic is constantly INCREASING, we should not be reducing available vehicle lanes. We will never be Europe, we are not designed geographically for optimum bicycle use.
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Steve Kelley
This bridge current four lanes encourages speeding. Often cars speed over 50 mph then have to break to 15 mph at the rotary. Almost every year a vehicle smashes thru the cement wall at the entrance to Harbour Isle. One lane each way with a bike lane would encourage more use of bikes and reduce car traffic going to downtown events and the beach. This would reduce the need for parking requirement on both sides of the bridge.
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Anonymous
Terrible idea. Just terrible.
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Mae MacDonald
Having seen and been in a traffic jam on the Jensen beach bridge, I am totally against putting in bike lanes, and reducing the car lanes. There are so few bikes using the bridge compared with the thousands and thousands of cars. Please do not make the same costly mistake that Jensen Beach has done. P.S. I am a biker .
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Anonymous
I think the Jensen Beach bridge is different. Traffic there goes from 2 lanes to 1 lane over the bridge to 2 lanes again. Yes-that will back up traffic. Our bridge is already 1 lane then goes to 2 lanes over the bridge. When going east cars speed past each other trying to be first before the lane goes back to 1 lane.
Daniel J Oehl
It will create a traffic nightmare. Traffic will back up and over the RR track going east and back to Chuck's going west. I bike over the bridge sometimes. I would suggest raising the height of the railing on the water side of the walkway. That would make people feel safer.
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Anonymous
I support the addition of bike lanes.
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Anonymous
This change would only bottleneck the existing traffic at the Seaway Circle.
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Anonymous
Dangerous for bikers !! … and will cause extreme congestion for vehicles. I travel via vehicle the bridge frequently. I am not in support of this project
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Michael McLeod
This is a change that is long overdue. The proposal simply brings the South Causeway bridge in alignment with the two other bridges that link Hutchinson Island to the mainland (Stuart and Jenson Beach). Both of the southern bridges are configured exactly as proposed and have proven that this configuration effectively meets the needs of the driving populations of South Hutchinson Island (SLC, Jenson Beach, and Stuart Beach), while providing safe spaces for non-motorized traffic. A1A is a single lane road though out Hutchinson Island. The current configuration of the South Causeway Bridge only adds a perverse benefit by encouraging select drivers to speed along to either a traffic light or a merger. As a result, this reconfiguration of the bridge makes it a safer bridge for all modes of transportation, calming vehicular travel flow and creating a safe space for non-motorized transportation use. As the picture accompanying this survey shows, the majority of drivers crossing the South Causeway Bridge generally use the inner lanes. Dynamic places are those that promote and embrace multi-modal transportation systems. Being able to travel safely with a bicycle between Downtown Fort Pierce and Hutchinson Island should be an essential component of the transit plan for the city. This makes sense economically (tourism, low cost transportation) and quality-of-life-wise (safety, health, and well-being). This plan is a balanced, well-proven proposal, with immense up-side benefits for all (safer car travel, safer bicycle travel, improved tourism infrastructure, transportation options for low wage workers, health options, etc.), that will make this bridge, finally, an asset that meets the needs of the greater community it should be serving.
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Marc
Micheal McLeaod, you are forgetting one thing my friend... the other two bridges are wider, and although configured the same, do not reduce vehicle traffic to one lane each way. Apples to Oranges!
Teddy Hockenberry
You make a great point. Very well articulated. Im in complete support of developing a bike lane. The traffic is inevitable but to put the convenice (perceived) above the safety of even 1 person is reckless. The Jensen beach and Stuart bridges have higher traffic counts and have a managed to provide safety and traffic flow without noticeable concerns. We are being short sided if we do not do this. Safety and public access for cyclists is something that should be respected. Ps bikes dont belong on sidewalks just like cars dont belong in the bike lane.
Judy Dragon
The bike lane will not slow traffic in my opinion. It is development of the marina, a beach park, a business, a huge housing project and they all are slowed by the rotary. Slowing traffic down on the bridge to me as a biker is not a bad thing. It can save lives. Good luck. Most cities already have this.
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Anonymous
There is far more vehicle traffic that requires management than bicycle traffic. Limiting the causeway to two lanes will restrict access by car to the popular beaches and in turn raise the frustration level of many visitors. Casual bikers do not routinely use the causeway and bike lanes will not change their minds. THe incline is too steep for most. Thus, potential bike lanes will not serve the general population only ardent cyclists. While I do not doubt their interest in this project, it is too expensive an undertaking and disruptive to the majority to make compliance with the request feasible.
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Anonymous
There are many more cars than bikes on this bridge. During season, the line of cars will be longer than they have been, particularly going east.
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Gray Sensenich
The proposal that benefits a few will create unintended consequences in traffic jams & vehicular safety. The present configuration allows for vehicle storage on the bridge to absorb variable traffic rushes of Beach and resident traffic. As evidenced this winter traffic will back up from Harbor Isle to the rail line & US-1. Increased traffic jams to and from the island will decrease productivity of residents, increase air pollution and wast fuel consumption Traffic flow to and from the island has increased dramatically in the season due to new developments, increased commercial activity and the new marina with large weekend event. A new shopping center will make it worse. If safer bike lanes are required, cantilever them off the sides of the bridge
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Mary
No to changing traffic lanes! I can't imagine how long it would take to get off the island when trains are passing.
Joseph Redman
There is absolutely no question that this proposal will slow traffic during busier times of the year. The number of bicycles crossing the bridge is minuscule compared to the number of cars crossing the bridge. Bridges are payed for by motorists, not bicyclists. I would fully support the widening of the bridge to accommodate bicyclists but not a proposal to further restrict vehicle traffic. I also believe this project, if approved, will increase the likelihood of a bicycle accident because many drivers will not obey the lanes and the bicyclists are currently protected by the barrier. The drivers in this area are not good at all.
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Anonymous
New York is moving here please leave the bridge alone.traffic will only increase.
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Anonymous
I am opposed due to my belief there would only be more traffic, more waiting on the bridge. I do not believe it would increase safety in any way.
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Joe Hayek
A four lane bridge that links to a 2 lane road is foolish. The bridge has become nothing but a speedway to pass slower folks. The current configuration denies safety to bikers/walkers. Many folks that would like to walk or bike the bridge fear for their safety. I believe the concerns for emergency vehicle access and storm evacuation have been addressed adequately. I look forward to be able to ride my bike across the bridge without fearing for my life.
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Anonymous
Totally illogical idea
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Steven
I agree. We should make the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists only. Ban the dangerous cars!
Eileen Butkovic
I travel Ocean Drive, Seaway Drive, and the South Bridge twice a day everyday and I witness cars driving in the bike lane constantly... I believe putting a bike lane in on the bridge is a huge mistake because cars are going very fast over the bridge..at least 50 mph some even faster than that! I believe it would be very dangerous. I also think with all the traffic it would be back up all the way to US 1 constantly. It is not a good idea!
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Al J BERNETTI
This is an overall bad idea, there is not enough bike traffic to warrant this.
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Anonymous
Since there is already a designated area on each side of bridge for walking, there is no need to restrict car lanes. Bicycles can easily be walked over the bridge in the walking paths. Car Traffic is growing and especially during the winter snow bird months traffic gets rather congested at times so would like to see cars getting the advantage on roadways instead of bicycles.
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Tom Crutchfield
With the amount of traffic coming and going to the island this project will 1.) create a longer car queue , and 2.) encourage bad behavior from cars trying to “cut” in, and 3.) cause backups which will be worsened by the proposed train schedule.
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Anonymous
it's saturday afternoon and traffic is backed up over the crest almost back to stop light. both lanes. and no activities at marina. and no bicycles on bridge. please no !!!!!
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Anonymous
Too much traffic on the bridge to reduce to only two lanes.
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Charlie Daciek
It’s already one lane on one side of bridge. People texting and racing to get ahead makes biking dangerous. PLEASE PUT IN BIKE LANES. IT WONT SLOW TRAFFIC, IT WILL JUST MAKE IT SAFER.
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GigI Mazzoli
It should be common sense that there be bike lane included in any roadway improvement projects where it makes sense to have them (like this one).
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Janice Sizemore
I would rather see improvements to what exists now ie. maybe a guard rail in the middle; road sign placed at bottom of bridge (going east) stating the right lane ends after the bridge; painted road info - (going east) lane ends merge left. Sign erected above road to provide useful information that lane ends. Emergency vehicles that may be going over the bridge does not have the visibility of bicyclists that could be there which could result in accidents. Think more of improvements like guardrail end treatments, sign posts, lights, reflective sign sheeting, raised pavement markings, etc. iI think we can use the money that it will cost in a better way.
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Darren Ragsdale
Anyone who thinks going from 4 lanes to 2 lanes will not create traffic jams is not playing with a full deck. The island is developing quickly and the volume of traffic has dramatically increased over the past decade. And will continue to increase- especially if the county greenlights a 500+ bed treament center/hospital/hotel/assisted living medical compound under consideration. Even without that all you have to do is ride up and down the island to see new building and marketing efforts to develop lots evrywhere. More volume is coming, like it or not and now is not the time to reduce the capacity of roadways and bridges. That is an insane idea, counter to the smart, efficient and suucessful management of our roadways.
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Harbour Isle West resident
It would be going backwards rather than looking forward with all the future growth on the island & with it vehicular traffic increase. I support leaving 4 lanes & making one of pedestrian lanes for the cyclists & higher railings. Yes the cyclists will probably have to dismount & walk their bikes when encountering bicycles going in the opposite direction but a small price to pay to be safer crossing bridge with concrete barriers between them & cars/trucks. Let's remember vehicles are in the majority with working people need to commute weekdays w/o backing up traffic near & on US1. I would guess the number of road rage incidents would also increase if no way to legally pass snowbirds or others going under the speed limit. It astounds me this re-design is on the table at all!
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Margo K
I totally agree with m as king a bike lane on the bridge. It would allow bicyclists to go to and from Hutchinson Island as well as slow dow the cars traveling across the bridge, most of whom travel well above the dpeed limit to beat the adjacent lane to the merged area. There have been too many accidents on the bridge as well as down by the rotary adjacent to Chuck's restaurant.
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Anonymous
Anything that can be done to increase and provide safety to those of us that cycle and walk/jog across this w]bridge would be of benefit to the entire community as well as the surrounding areas. Speaking from experience it is a VERY harrowing experience to cross this bridge on a bicycle! I whole heartedly support this project!
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Thunder
As an avid cyclist, I am strongly in support of this. I have tried riding over this bridge, and it is quite frankly terrifying. I know and follow good lane positioning, but with these substandard width lanes and nowhere to bail out, the current arrangement is simply unacceptable. The pedestrian walkways are not passable to cyclists - too narrow to ride safely, and not walkable in cycling shoes. I hope this passes and a road that might as well not exist to me becomes passable again.
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Anonymous
This make a lot of sense. Making the traffic merge earlier should allow traffic to flow to roundabout more smoothly. Slowing traffic on the bridge is important. Too many yahoos speed across the bridge way in excess of the speed limit. Also as a frequent pedestrian on the bridge I am often faced with bike traffic in the sidewalk.
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Joshua Voss
As a full time resident of South Hutchinson Island I strongly support the proposed enhancements and creation of bike lanes on South Bridge. In addition to making the bridge much safer for cyclists, the proposed change would eliminate an issue I see daily during my commute home traveling eastbound over the bridge. Vehicles often travel at speeds exceeding the speed limit by as much as 20 mph in order to pass others before the lanes merge together. Finally, safe effective bike lanes will encourage my family and others living on or visiting South Hutchinson Island to use cycling for transportation to downtown, reducing the current strain on parking availability. This would be particularly advantageous during popular events (e.g. Saturday morning market, music/art festivals, fishing tournaments, parades, etc.). I urge the St. Lucie TPO and Fort Pierce City Comission to support the proposed changes and addition of bike lanes to South Bridge, and to expedite implementation.
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Scott Jones
I have lived and/or worked on S. Hutchinson island everyday for the last 14 years. I have never once seen traffic stopped on the bridge and have NEVER been delayed for more than 5 minutes when traffic is heavy. Waving your arms about how bad the traffic will be while letting this dangerous configuration remain is a ludricous notion. EVERYONE's safety is at risk- this is not just about letting a few people have bike lanes. It's about designing our roadways for everyone.
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Anonymous
What a great idea !! Maybe we can get bike lanes all the way down Indian river drive one day and make the area more attractive to Bikes ! FP has done an amazing job with Bike lanes on A1A and this will be a great step forward. For all the people who think this will back up traffic ...ummmm. Hello it is already 2 lanes on the other side of the bridge !!!
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Anonymous
There are many bikers; there are many more people in cars. The bridge is the only place for passing drivers doing 20mph while gawking.
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Anonymous
Great idea! Long overdue, why would 0.65 miles of four lanes that go down to two lanes cause traffic backups? Everyone speeds on this bridge, slow it down and make it safer!!
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Anonymous
I think it is very narrow minded to take a developing area and restrict bridge access because of a few bikers. It will bottleneck traffic onto Route 1 and create massive traffic jams in season and whenever there is an event being held on the island. Fort Pierce was headed in the right direction in their town planning and developing but this is definitely a step backward. There are very few bikers riding across our bridge because it is so steep. Most people walk their bikes (from what I’ve seen) and there are not very many bikers at all. If need be, raise the wall on one of the current walkways for bikers and use the other one for walkers. Problem solved! Question: has anyone done a feasibility study to see the ratio of bikes being “ridden” across the bridge compared to vehicle usage? I hope our township representatives truly research this issue and make the best decision for our growing community.
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Daniel McCormick
I now live most of the year on South Beach, Fort Pierce. I cross the bridge with my bicycle and with my car frequently. I am very much in favor of the project which would add the bike lane on both sides of the bridge, and reduce the normal motor vehicle lanes to two. First, there would be no impeding of traffic, as Seaway Drive, east of the bridge, is already a two-lane road. Thus, the narrowing of traffic lanes is already occurring with no detrimental effects. Second, to the extent Fort Pierce can offer to the community a pedestrian/cyclist-friendly traffic pattern, it will benefit greatly. Such a pattern is, without a doubt, the wave of the future. Communities that have a high "walkability" factor, are in great demand, and not only promote health of their residents, but also encourage a cleaner environment for all. This community should support efforts in these directions. Finally, implementation of the project would set an example not only to this immediate community, but also to the State of Florida and beyond, of measures that can be taken, for very little cost, which have a very positive overall effect. Please, please, "Just Do It"! It can always be changed back to what it is today if the inconveniences are ever deemed to be intolerable, but I strongly doubt that they ever will. Thanks!
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Sarah Brink
I think this is a great idea and would personally use the bike lane on a regular basis.
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Kellie
Why should the thousands who drive across the bridge daily add time to their commutes to benefit a handful of bikers? This is a bad idea.
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Christopher Widing
As the lanes reduce to two on the east side of the bridge anyway, it is a great idea to increase safety of bikes and motorized vehicles.
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Greg Ryder
Thanks for the informative session last night at City Hall. ITEM #1 - I think that the height of the handrails and barrier walls should be increased. I am told the new code for handrails is 42" and the current height is 37". I would be in favor of having it even higher (like Jensen Beach and Stuart). Currently I walk closer to the roadway rather than walking closer to the water. My center of gravity (5'9") makes me wary of falling over the side if I have a medical event. The barrier is even shorter (not sure of the new code height). I think the handrails and barrier walls should be raised, even if the bike lanes proposal is not approved. ITEM #2 - Traffic congestion in reducing the bridge to one lane is a concern, but not overwhelming. I am more concerned with the police NOT enforcing the speed limit on the bridge. Too fast most of the time. ITEM #3 - With the bike lane, I am concerned that there will be some people who will use the bike lane for automobiles when there aren't any bikes present. The acclimation period will be long since they're used to tearing across at 50+ MPH. ITEM #4 - I am wondering when/where/how the funneling from two vehicle lanes to one will occur, with the bike lanes, etc.. There will be enough adjustment for the locals even before the snowbirds come.
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Anonymous
This is a very poor idea. Bikers would be in a more dangerous position closer to traffic. There is no reason to cut down the traffic to two lanes. Bikers & pedestrians can both be on the safety path behind the concrete barriers. The so called emergency lane that they are trying to sell, won't fly. Traffic pulls over when they hear sirens. Sure there are some idiots that don't but guess what? It will be the same if they make it two lane & truly harder. Do NOT do this. It's a waste of money. Spend $ where it is NEEDED. Thank you from a resident of over 40 yrs.
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David Edgar
At present, there is no safe way for a bike rider to cross the bridge. On the sidewalk, the railing is at a height which is low enough that a cyclist could rather easily go over. Especially dangerous in windy conditions. Riding in the lane of traffic is a bad idea there due to the wall on your right, and distracted drivers on your left. The traffic routinely speeds over the bridge, both ways. One traffic lane would calm the speed. A bike lane with a buffer gives the bike riders a margin of safety that is needed. The sidewalk would be for pedestrians and those bike riders who choose to walk their bike over. The proposed change is what is needed.
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Anonymous
We have heavy vehicle traffic now and congestion will increase if we lose a vehicle lane. Recreation should not take precedence over necessary transportation.
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Mike
I feel that this is a ludicrous idea. The traffic is already is just too much and now you want to remove lanes?
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Anonymous
Would not like increased traffic on cuasways
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Anonymous
Put walking, biking, walking bike, trikes, all on 1 side together in 1 large bi directional lane and leave 4 ten foot car lanes . OR Suspend 1 bidirectional walk lane over edge
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Leslie
South Hutchinson Island is growing with new residential, retail and restaurants, we need move travel lanes not less. As a bicyclist who uses bike lanes, I would not use a bike lane over the South bridge because of too many distracted drivers. The view, alone, takes their eyes off the road!
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Anonymous
I agree with the change
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Linda Edge Hudson
Just put up a sign telling bicyclists to dismount when walkers are encountered, who should have the right-of-way on the walkways. Perhaps a higher barrier?
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Anonymous
This is really dumb. Why not have one side for pedestrians and other side for pedestrians. Congestion during busy times esp with the upcoming frequent train traffic will lead to major backups discouraging island enterprise.
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Anonymous
The article in paper indicates the bridge can hand the current number of vehicles on average. I hope you do not choose that as the right metric. Look at weekends and event loading... there will be significant backups On route one. Thank you
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DOUGLAS H CORTELYOU
The 2 to 1 lane eastbound bottle neck on the east end of the causeway currently backs up traffic up to the top of the causeway during heavy use periods. The proposed lane changes will cause this backup to begin at the west end of the causeway. This will back up the traffic onto Rt 1, causing major backups on Rt 1 both north and south bound. This is totally unacceptable!
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Anonymous
Traffic is already horrible when in season! Can only imagine how much worse it would be if you do 2 lanes..
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Anonymous
Horrible idea!
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Anonymous
I think this idea is a fantastic idea! As a full-time resident of South Beach, I have witnessed multiple accidents and the countless number of times drivers speed over 60mph to pass someone before it merges. This idea of one lane traffic will help eliminate these reckless drivers from causing accidents since the Island is one lane all the way around! Jensen Beach's bridge has worked and we need to follow suit. The bike lanes are an added bonus. I don't know how many times I see people using the side walk because they don't feel safe riding their bike on the bridge because of said drivers. I support this plan and project and anyone who doesn't are the actual said reckless drivers who don't have the patience of 35 MPH.
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Anonymous
Going to two lanes will be a big mistake with the popularity of south beach. The traffic will be backed up all the way to Us1 and will cause delays for the people who live on the island.
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Melisa Lindsay
I think the proposed change is a great idea. I feel it will slow down all the speeders and provide more room for the cyclist. I think it will eliminate the current traffic jam that develops due to merging at the bottom of the bridge.
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Todd Tiucker
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make these bike lanes a reality. As an avid cyclist and part of a large local cycling group we would so appreciate this safety enhancement. It’s good for the community to have safe activities such as cycling. I’ve had mane close calls in that area and throughout our county. Anything to improve the safety conditions is super welcomed. We just want to ride and not be in fear of dying every time we go out. Thanks so much!
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Scott Jones
I see a lot of comments that say "If it's not broke, don't fix it..." This bridge is broke! The average speed limit is well over 35 mph, cars race to merge ahead of one another on the East side. It's broke when two people cannot pass each other on the sidewalk! It's broke when pedestrians have to sit on the concrete barrier to let bicycles and strollers go by, only feet away from speeding vehicles. It's broke when we have speed related fatalities on a .6 mile stretch of roadway. This bridge needs fixing and it needs bike lanes, Thanks!
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Daniel McCormick
I now live most of the year on South Beach, Fort Pierce. I cross the bridge with my bicycle and with my car frequently. I am very much in favor of the project which would add the bike lane on both sides of the bridge, and reduce the normal motor vehicle lanes to two. First, there would be no impeding of traffic, as Seaway Drive, east of the bridge, is already a two-lane road. Thus, the narrowing of traffic lanes is already occurring with no detrimental effects. Second, to the extent Fort Pierce can offer to the community a pedestrian/cyclist-friendly traffic pattern, it will benefit greatly. Such a pattern is, without a doubt, the wave of the future. Communities that have a high "walkability" factor, are in great demand, and not only promote health of their residents, but also encourage a cleaner environment for all. This community should support efforts in these directions. Finally, implementation of the project would set an example not only to this immediate community, but also to the State of Florida and beyond, of measures that can be taken, for very little cost, which have a very positive overall effect. Please, please, "Just Do It"! It can always be changed back to what it is today if the inconveniences are ever deemed to be intolerable, but I strongly doubt that they ever will. Thanks!
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Angela
Wow, I've seen some real dumb projects here, but this is the dumbest, worst idea yet, well maybe. My guess no matter what the survey says, and it appears quite negative to the lane change idea, the (cough cough) city/county leaders will allow another waste that their residents will have to tolerate and pay for with more wasted tax dollars. How's that saying go; If you don't remember the history, you're bound to repeat it. Probably not accurate word for word but you get the point.
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Marc
The only way a sane person would consider this... is if there was $$$ involved. There can be no other sane explanation to taking an already overburdened roadway and reducing it by two lanes of travel. I suggest leaving things the way they are. I live next to and walk the bridge DAILY. I encounter bicycles all the time without issue. If changes MUST be made, I would support making one of the sides a pedestrian only lane and the other side a bicycle only lane.
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N. GREGOIRE
KEEP THE 4 LANES FOR CARS
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Anonymous
This will be a safety hazard to all. Plus create a traffic nightmare.
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C. Evanston
I strongly oppose this project. With an ever increasing flow/growth in traffic volume (especially with the ongoing development of property on the island) we do not need to reduce bridge capacity. Please do not reduce car capacity on the bridge.
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Joseph Helmetag
I donot think this is necessary.I also think that it would dangerous as he bikers will not be protected by the side rail .
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Treabs
You obviously do not ride a bike. Bridges in Stuart, Jensen, all Vero have bike lanes and they are safe. The south bridge in Fort Pierce is a death waiting to happen. The walkway is for pedestrians bikers riding there are a hazard to themselves and people walking. A bike lane is a wonderful idea.
Anonymous
I totally agree I do not believe that it is safe for bicycle riders to ride on the bridge even if it is in the bicycle lane The bridge is on a hill and you cannot even see oncoming traffic at times so how do you expect motorists to see bicyclist.
Joe Baldini
At present the causeway is a dangerous raceway as people think the speed limit ends when you hit the bridge. This would make it like the Jensen Beach causeway which is safer and works well. If you are not familiar with the bridge lanes the merge arrows are too far for cars to safely merge. they should be on the right lane up the bridge.
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EJ
YES, YES, YES
CHARLES HAYEK
More and more folks are biking but most do not care to bike over bridge due to the danger of doing so. Adding bike lane will promote more people to use bikes as their means of transportation and, in turn, it will reduce congestion. With the improvements, will the height of handrail be brought up to current standards?
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Anonymous
Your a misinformed idiot.
Anonymous
Your a misinformed idiot.
Anonymous
Your a misinformed idiot.
Maria Benjes
I think that it is a good idea. It will slow down the speeders. You have to merge over the bridge anyway.
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Anonymous
This is crazy sharing lanes with cars around water especially. If you want lanes either build another bridge or add on to the sides of it. The mothman effect would absolutely draw the cars to the bicycles. Cars and bikes sharing an area do not mix. Even though the bridge narrows at the bottom, the merge effect would now be greater. I would hate to merge a bike with a truck.
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Drew
That’s nice that these residents??? Want a bicycle lane however they are in a significant minority in comparison to vehicular traffic and needs. With the new marina and events and more this is just foolish and a huge inconvenience to the majority of residents here. Don’t do it.
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Anonymous
We see car traffic backed up now with 4 lanes, reducing to just 2 lanes won't work. Why not make one side walkway now for bikes and the other for pedestrians.
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Anonymous
I think the idea of making one side of the bridge walkway for bikes and the other for pedestrians. Eliminating lanes for cars is not advisable as we already have congestion.
Anonymous
I agree. Keep 4 lanes. Designate one side for pedestrians and one side for bicycles.
Anonymous
This is a terrible idea. Traffic will be horrific! So many snow birds come here in season. In addition, our community is growing and getting more crowded every year.
Anonymous
Great idea to make one side for bicycles and the other for pedestrians.
Colleen M. Galione
You are exactly right. Brilliant solution !!!
Diana Malloy
On weekends especially, we have southbound US 1 traffic turning left at the A1A signal and northbound traffic turning right to cross the bridge onto the beach. Then, of course, you have the Indian River Drive traffic coming from both the north and south. That's gonna be some backup trying to get all these folks merging into one lane, especially when there are multiple events going on. Makes no sense to accommodate the few cyclists who use the bridge. Most walk their bikes anyway since it is such a steep incline. It doesn't seem like such a bad idea for traffic heading west exiting the beach since Seaway is one lane anyway, but what on earth would happen if the changes were implemented and emergency vehicles had to use the bike lanes? What if there was a cyclist in the lane? That would be a bit scary, although I don't think that would happen often since there are so few cyclists who do cross the bridge. It just doesn't make sense and I think would be dangerous since there are fools who would try to pass using the bike lane. Leave it as it is and post signs that the walkway is to be shared by both walkers and cyclists. On the occasion of some marathon which there are every once in a while, block off the right lane for them. Would be a waste of money to change the lanes especially since it benefits a miniscule amount of folks. Go back to the drawing boards.
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John Markunas
An evacuation route should not be reduced to handle less traffic
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Jan
The traffic on the bridge has increased significantly. Never before have I sat still on the top of the bridge because of the traffic being backed up. And that’s with two travel lanes each way! One each way will be ridiculous. We are getting more and more visiting- sitting still on the bridge could have a negative impact. Why not make one side of the bridge walkway for bicycles and the other side for pedestrians. Even for the safety aspect - with the barrier. Riding a bike on the bridge without a barrier is simply crazy. People are looking at the scenery while driving- they swerve. Dangerous.
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steve yates
I would propose turning one of the two sidewalks into a bike lane. A low cost solution! It would be a dangerous trip for the people on bikes if there was no barrier between them and the motor vehicles. Also that is a workout biking over that bridge so bike traffic will always be minimal. I am sure you can find better things to spend our taxes on.
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Pam Massarelli
It would great to have a bicycle lane. I love riding my bike to go downtown. It's to dangerous riding in the road over bridge and the sidewalk has many walkers and runners. U think one lane on each side for vechiles will slow people down instead of speeding over the bridge. I am so for it..Thank You
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Anonymous
Safety is most important narrowing down to two lanes would not help the pedestrian flow, as the cars would find a away around them anyway, how about a center island to prevent the cars from straying into on coming traffic
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Anonymous
Traffic would have to slow down, so a very inexpensive way to accomplish this. it. I live on the island and am sick of speeders (and blasting loud pipes) mainly on the bridge. Grow up and show some courtesy.
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C.F. Etter
At present on weekends, especially in season, traffic now backs up to Tillman's. If this plan goes into effect the traffic will back up to highway one and the RR crossing. We have already had too many train deaths and this plan will exacerbate the problem. Egress from Harbour Isle is via the round about. With a steady stream of traffic funneled into just two lanes getting onto the round about will be extremely difficult as well. In order to placate the occasional bicyclist you will create a problem of immense proportions for the large majority of those that use the bridge daily.
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herb bopp
An easy fix to the problem without causing extreme cost of changing the lanes but accommodating the bikers and walkers -would be to keep the walkways where the are but dedicate one side of the bridge to walkers and the other side to bikers -and raise the railing about a foot --It is extremely low and frightens many of the walkers and bikers
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Anonymous
Try this one time and see if it works. Go to the pedestrian path with a friend, with bikes, and attempt to travel in that lane in opposite direction. Tell us how it goes..
Rob Gardner
Common sense project....safer and a great idea
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Dennis
Contemplating a change from four lanes to two lanes is very questionable for a number of reasons and must be considered with careful understanding of the unique "total design" of things to come. First as we know, the property at 825 Seaway Drive is being developed. Secondly, the Cumberland Farms Gas station is another issue. Third, is the roundabout that no one "yields" to the other party and cars just whizzing by without concern, fourth, the boating launch on one side and the Cove Causeway on the other will create more traffic problems. Lastly, with all the restaurants up and down Seaway Drive, access will be limited and will backup traffic to US1. My proposal is simple and is used in many areas around the country, not only Florida. My proposal is to keep two lanes going eastbound but reduce the west bound lane to one lane. The reason for this is simple. I have been an insurance professional for over 40 years and the number one cause for accidents are human errors, speeding, and left hand turns. To reduce or decease this tendency, two lanes going over the bridge onto the island will relieve cars turning into the Causeway Cove and the boat launch at the same time. It will also facilitate the beach area as well by the boat launch. Next is the roundabout! There has to be flashing red lights on the yield signs because drivers are just blasting through and so far there have been three accidents of speed going through the traffic circle and hitting the Harbour Isle Signage as well. This will help slow down the traffic as it enters into the traffic circle and exits and comes upon the entrance for the new shopping plaza. Hopefully you will have a deceleration lane to allow the vehicle to move to the right to allow the traffic to flow through safely. The west bound lane over the bridge is reduced to one lane and the other existing lane be utilized for bicycles only for both directions. The other side of the bridge will be utilized strictly for walking over the bridge. By separating these two pedestrian and cycling pathways, you avoid and prevent accident between pedestrians and cyclists. The west bound traffic is never as heavy as the east bound traffic so to accommodate all people, whether they are walkers, cyclists, or vehicles, this design is much better than one lane in each direction. To do this, you will have more accidents and you will have more injuries as well for pedestrians and cyclists.
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Chris Vanasco
This is an extreme measure. What about the idea of just eliminating one lane going east since it leads to a one lane road. The westbound lane leads to traffic turning right and left into US 1 so it seems that only one lane will slow down traffic too much
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Patti Ireland
with the opening of Causeway Cove, and the Events that are being scheduled there, the loss of the right-hand lane going east would result in even worse traffic back-ups than we already experience.
Anonymous
This is the most ridiculous idea ever! It is already insane on the bridge in season and on the weekends, this will only cause more traffic problems and accidents. BAD IDEA!!!
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Robert Bocchicchio
Ridiculous idea traffic would be intolerable
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Michelle Yates
no! not enough bic traffic! what a waste of money!
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Doris WTson
This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. I have ivied here since 1985 and that bridge on the best of days is scary it is not patrolled by the police for speeders and no one pays attention to the turning lane. They will speed past you and then cut in front of you or cut you off. Untill the speed limit is enforced and monitored on that bridge it is an accident waiting to happen. Try it one day especially on holiday Bikers do not pay attention when they are ridding I am not talking about motorcycles. Have the police department place personnel on the bridge and document what I am saying. I have even had police officers do the same thing no lights no sirens going. Someone will get killed or injured due to this proposal. Please rethink this and do not approve it.
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Charis Melillo
has a bicycle traffic count/study been conducted and have the numbers been issued to the public If the bridge is "not broke, don't fix it". I can envision many accidents on the bridge especially to bikers and residents that live on the island. I think it is dangerous to drivers and bikers. I can also envision the mass confusion when an evacuation order is under way.....don't do it!!!
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John Chapman
I would need more information regarding current and projected traffic study data (vehicular,pedestrian, bicycle, etc) in order to make an intelligent decision to support this project. I am also interested in the effects of these changes on the budgeted cost of the project and why more that one bicycle lane is necessary unless there is an overwhelming volume of traffic to support the need to do create two lanes.
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Alfred Dixon
This clearly would punish the many for the benefit of the few. There are traffic jams on the bridge today, that would be greatly exaggerated with the proposed plan. There are so few bikers vs. cars it just ridiculous to consider.
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Steven f gatins
Dumbest idea ever. The start of the dumb ideas was the circle at the rich peoples condos causing backups that were never there before. If people could drive well enough a circle would work but people seem to think yield means stop. Bad bad bad idea.
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Mary Lynne Havey
The traffic back up on the bridge currently with two lanes NOW is atrocious; I can only imagine what it will be with only one lane. With all the feeder streets trying to go on Seaway Drive , it will create a horrible back up. I travel the bridge daily to get off the island and see no problem with the walkers or the current bikers. I feel this is a short sighted project and a waste of tax payer money
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Anonymous
Traffic accross the bridge in congested enough. Reducing the number of lanes would push the traffic delays back to US1. The reason this bridge was built in the first place was to reduce backups and for boat traffic. If anything the withs of the lanes xould be reduced there by allowing four lanes of traffic and wider pedestrian lanes in both directions
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Marie Merullo
I feel the safety of all would be at risk. Bicyclists do not seem to follow road rules. They are along these roads and run through lights, drive against traffic, and do not respect walkers as well as those in cars. I feel one lane would create more congestion. I think the safety of all would be compromised. We need to share the road but not cater to a minority of citizens.
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V. Barrett
Would sacrifice a couple of feet from each breakdown lane and create a median barrier between travel lanes.
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Kathy Sheets
I feel this configuration will help to slow the traffic down.
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Jennifer Sneed
This is great!
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john Fitzgerald
As a Florida resident who bikes, I certainly support any and all bike lane projects. Any way we can cut down on the fatalities and create more bikes on the road I am all for it. The Florida motorists needs to educated on bike safety. There is nothing worse than being in your 60's riding a bike with motorists going by flipping you the bird thinking you don't belong on the road. More bike lanes PLEASE.
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David Morehousr
This is really a bad idea!! It would cause major motor vehicle congestion on the bridge..
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Tim McDonald
It seems to me that anyone in favor of this is turning a blind eye to traffic concerns. Multiple times during the season, both eastbound lanes are stopped on that bridge from end to end already. It's hard to imagine half of those cars lined up down route 1. This problem will continue to get worse as it is. Currently, cyclists and walkers can traverse the bridge, protected by the barriers. This proposal is beyond bad and will create a far more dangerous condition that what we have now.
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Anonymous
As a cyclist who travels over this bridge, I'll say this is always the scariest part of my ride. I have almost been hit and I have certainly been harassed by impatient drivers multiple times. Those that are posting comments about the ratio of cyclists to cars aren't considering the number of cyclists who have quit going over the bridge out of fear. Additionally, as a driver coming home over the bridge, I've almost been hit by impatient, speeding drivers passing by. Just stand at the top of the bridge and watch how fast some of those drivers are going. Safety HAS to take priority over efficiency! Look at every other bridge in the area...
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Janice Hodge
I am a regular cyclist 2-3x/week down A1A. I do not support the project 1) increased traffic due to Causeway Park activities and 2) most of the cycle clubs who ride on the island DO NOT live here. They come here for their activities and it is not fair for them to have such a powerful voice when in fact most of the members of the cycle club DO NOT pay taxes on the island.
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Hutchinson island resident
We need to continue to have 4 traffic lanes on the bridge for traffic on and off the island.
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Anonymous
Two lanes sounds like a bad idea. The increase in traffic congestion created by only 2 lanes coupled with the future increase in train traffic at US1 will create an even more unsafe situation. n
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Anonymous
Long, long overdue!
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Kris
This is a really bad idea traffic is bad now just imagine it with only 2 lanes
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Anonymous
It will create too much traffic during busy times. Also, there aren't usually many walkers or bikers on the bridge, so they could still share the existing sidewalk and lane.
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John Mullen
I think taking away a traffic lane would be less safe and an unnecessary amount of space dedicated to so few users.
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Luke A Croghan
Perhaps the most ridiculous plan to be considered to date in St. Lucie County/Fort Pierce! Just as the Beach is gaining critical mass in its economic resurgence, a plan to materially reduce the ability for people to get to the Beach is presented. Not only does it make getting to the Beach more difficult, what about the ability to evacuate residents during an emergency? Let's make a decision that actually uses common sense!
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Kelly
I have ridden my bike over the bridge no problem using the sidewalk. It’s pretty steep so one can’t go very fast on either side of the crest and I had no problem using the sidewalk with pedestrians. Other communities to the south of us are converting their bridge back to 4 lanes due to the traffic that backs up. I could imagine in high season the backup would interfere with the train tracks, as well.
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Anonymous
I feel the traffic congestion is already high and I feel this will just back up the traffic even more. I do feel slowing down the speed on the bridge is good but the volume in season will just cause more backups entering the island.
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John UNVERZAGT
If it ain’t broke... don’t fix it !!! Plus... it will cost us money !
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David Ederer
I live in Vero Beach. A group of us used to ride from VB to Jenson Beach on the mainland roads, cross the lagoon on the Jenson Beach bridge, ride north on A1A then eat lunch somewhere in Fort Pierce, usually at the city marina. We finally decided that crossing the south A1A bridge was too dangerous to ride in the road lanes and too dangerous to bicyclists AND pedestrian's to ride on the pedestrian walkway. So, we haven't done that ride in years. I, and the rest of our riding group would love to have the bike lanes on the bridge so we can resume the rides and then dine in Fort Pierce. Thanks for you efforts.
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Diane Barbret
Much needed for safety! One death by car due to high speeds. Bikers have to share sidewalk with pedestrians and there is NO ROOM.
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Anonymous
Traffic on to the island usually backs up over the bridge especially during high season or if there is an event on the island. Having just one-lane will mean the back up would overflow on to town roads and also increases the chance of head-on collisions of cars on the bridge. As an alternative, leave two lanes entering the island and of the two car lanes currently leaving the island make one for cars and the other for bikes/emergency vehicles. Then change a current people-walkway to bikes only for entering the island. Otherwise, do not change anything and have bikers walk there bikes across the bridge using the walk-ways.
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Linda Pallante
Implementation of this project will back up vehicle traffic. There are far more motor vehicles traveling the bridge than bicycles.
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Anonymous
For all those commenting that there aren’t enough bicyclists, that is likely because there is not a safe option for a bicyclist. I know we live in a nation that prioritizes cars but sunny Florida, of all states, needs more option for safe bicycling. I’m sure a quick study could be done on the amount of time it would take to cross the bridge during high traffic times if it’s one lane versus two. A lot of the perceived slow down that might come from only have one lane (that is already on lane once you’re on beach side) is just that, perception. 30 extra seconds (or whatever it may be) often feels like much longer if it seems unjustified. Besides, the way the proposal is, there would still be the two lanes available during hurricane (or nuclear power plant) evacuations.
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Cheryl Boucino
Traffic is already backed up. I wish they would "ADD" to the side of the a new bike lane. Not take away a lane to make way for bicyclists. Good Luck!
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Jeff Thompson
This bridge was designed and constructed in 1974 to handle automobile and pedestrian traffic and provide an emergency evacuation route for the island residents. Do NOT jeopardize our safety by attempting to transform it into something it isn't. Build a new structure like the Jensen or Stuart spans that will handle the additional needs not detract from the function of the current bridge. Traffic is already backed up to the crest of the bridge and creeping slowly through the roundabout at peak times and every weekend.
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jennifer Hoelscher
The suggested changes to add bike lanes concerns me greatly. We are currently part-time residents during the winter months but plan to be full-time residents next year. During the winter months when we are on the island, congestion on the weekends already backs up on the bridge with two lanes to disperse it. I can't imagine how difficult travel would be if these lanes were reduced to one lane. We would have traffic backing up US 1 and over the train tracks. In addition, I have found myself behind people driving over the bridge who have veered out of their lane because they took their eyes off the road to look down at the water. Someone wants to add an unprotected bicycle lane??? This spells disaster on so many levels! I know the neighbors I have talked to are very much against it and shocked it is even being considered. Have there been any studies or data collected to prove this is needed? We drive over to Ft. Pierce at least once a day when we are down during the high season and I think I have only seen a bicyclist one time (I do see pedestrians using it quite a bit). Finally, has anyone considered the harm this could cause the local retail stores and restaurants in this area? If it becomes too much of a pain to get over the bridge, many will just choose to go elsewhere. On a final note, if data has been collected and shows there is a need for a bicycle lane, why do you need two in addition to two walking lanes? What is so hard about converting one of the walking lanes to a bicycle lane? With this cost effective measure both walkers and bicycle riders could be protected by cement barriers as an added safety component. P.S. Did you notice that the Google Maps Street View included on this link's page reveals many cars crossing bridge. There are NO bicyclers or walkers present. This is what it looks like most every day. Please collect data before deciding.
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Dana
Traffic is already backed up with 4 lanes. I don’t want it to take longer to get home, or to work.
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Ken Webb
I think the basic idea here is a sound one, but plenty of room for compromise. The modification of the bike/walking lanes is a good idea, but I've never heard of a "disabled" lane. Keep the vehicles out of the bike/walk lane. Jersey barriers on the traffic side of bike/walk lanes would work fine. As far as reducing the traffic lanes from 4 to 2.....not necessary or efficient. Reduce it to 3 traffic lanes: 1 eastbound and 2 westbound. The biggest cause of the backups eastbound is because currently 2 lanes funnel into 1 lane, and everyone has to stop. There's really no need for 2 lanes eastbound, it all goes to one lane at the roundabout. Maybe a left turn only lane at the park/boat ramp entrance. Westbound, leave 2 lanes. It spreads out to 2 or 3 anyway, once you're off the bridge. While the widening of the bike/walk lanes is nice, the biggest advantage is eliminating th merge from 2 to 1 eastbound approaching the roundabout. Not sure if a roundabout at IRD would hurt or help.
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Anonymous
waste of money. leave it like it is.I live on south beach and i dont see that many bycycles crossing the bridge.I see bycycle lanes as dangerous to riders.how many are killed or injured by inattentive drivers ?
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Dr. Robert Oliveri
Altering the traffic lanes would be a step backwards. Reducing the lane size or reducing the number of lanes would be a dangerous step.
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Anonymous
Too much traffic to go down to 1 lane. I adamently oppose the change.
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Anonymous
No
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Anonymous
I'm curious why some people on South Beach Fort Pierce seemed to know all about this, and think it's a done deal. I follow the County and city, watch city meetings online that I don't attend, and have never heard anything about it until last week. Who are those "residents who requested" this? It's the worst idea I've ever heard. Have you SEEN the traffic lately? And now you want to move the traffic jam getting to south beach from east of the bridge to the west side. Then Indian River Drive, and US Hwy 1 are also impacted. And when there's a train - Holy Cow I just don't want to be there. Those of us who live here full time need to be able to get somewhere with a planned schedule, even in season! In addition, I'm curious what your next plan will then be? As an active bicycle rider (my husband and I ride bikes on South Beach almost every day), once it's easy and safe to ride over the bridge - then what? There are no bike lanes on the west side. Are you going to take away property on Indians River Drive to build bike lanes through downtown and south? What is the point of this? I don't understand how anyone can support all the additional growth on the island and yet go backwards taking traffic lanes away from the bridge. I am not in support of this project. And I am pretty amazed that this project has been in the works because "some residents" requested it without all residents being given a voice. Where do I sign up to get my priorities on your work schedule? I appreciate that you are now asking for input from everyone. Terri Leone 1542 Thumb Point Dr Fort Pierce, Fl. 34949
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Anonymous
Totally agree the whole idea is ludicrous as Ive said it before I will say it again the Seaway Causeway bridge is not safe for bicyclists to be on.
Gary Hickman
I totally agree with you Terri. They have tried this before and when the Island residents objected, then Mayer Benton cancelled it. But the long distance biking group keeps pushing it. Most of them do not live on the island.
Sally Griffith
I absolutely agree with this comment! Reducing the driving lanes to ONE is a terrible idea, for all the reasons Terri Leone explained.
Sally Griffith
I also
Anonymous
Excellent comments. I vote NO NO NO to making 2 lanes
Anonymous
Agreed. Traffic at US1 and the train tracks would be a mess. And if we get a Brightline train station, traffic would be way worse
Anonymous
The current sidewalk is too narrow to safely bike with pedestrians and the road is dangerous with speeding cars. The proposed bike lane is far enough from the traffic to not need a barrier many speeding cars.
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Anonymous
Bike lanes also need to be behind the baracade and the handrail is to low and should be raised. Additionally speeding needs to be addressed on the bridge. I am a bike rider but I will not use a stripped off bike lane if speeding is not addressed. FPPD needs to be handing out tickets regularly. I will continue for my own safety to ride my bike on the sidewalk. Thank you
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Steven Hardy-Braz
As a frequent cycling tourist in this area, any and all road improvements that complete the street for the safe usage of all users is welcome and supported. Protected bike lanes would be a prudent inclusion here and benefit everyone.
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Bill
While I appreciate the need for bike lanes, bikers are a small percentage of those who use the causeway. Dropping 2lanes will be tremendously impactful on the many who depend upon the bridge to commute to and from the island. It is unclear why the County would be willing to sacrifice the time of the many to increase the leisure of the few. This is a terrible idea.
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Robert Dennis
Leave it alone; It aint broke. Will be a nuisance to car use crowding in winter months. New Town developments. and Big Choo Choo crossing will delay travel. More cars use it than bikes.
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Anonymous
Multiple Pedestrians and Bicyclist use this route on a daily basis. It is actually route utilized by multiple bicycle tourists from across the country as they traverse the East Coast of Florida. This Bicycle Tourism has great economic impact to our community as these tourist visit our local community retailers. By creating a diverse and safe array of traffic options instead of closing the door and only worrying about vehicles we provide opportunities to our tourists, residents and local economy. A great Idea and a step in the right direction.
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Anonymous
I DON'T bike this bridge because it is too dangerous. Ideally you would move the barrier over to protect bikers and pedestrians. Have the walkers stay next to the railing and bikes inside closer to barrier. Currently when biking using the side walkway your body is up higher than the side of the bridge-it is very scary. If planned properly I don't think this should cause traffic jams. This road already goes down to 1 lane once you are over the bridge. Currently cars speed past each other trying to be first before it goes down to 1 lane. This would stop that at least.
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Alicemarie Donohue
The adjustments will work only if traffic flow onto and off the bridge is also managed appropriately
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Katherine
Flow of traffic, particularly with proposed train and new shopping site.
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Stephen Braswell
This is a great idea for public safety and also tourism.
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Jennifer Hodgsin
No no no !!!!! Ridiculous
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Anonymous
No no no it will cause to many traffic delays!
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John and Nancy Graham
We are homeowners and will soon become residents of FL. This is an unacceptable proposal as the negative impact on traffic far outweighs making biking more safe and enjoyable for a few bicyclists.
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MartaElena
Horrible idea. We live in Ocean Village year round and do business in downtown Ft Pierce. Please do not inconvenience and worsen the quality of life we have on behalf of a very vocal minority. Keep the four lanes open for traffic over the bridge! Thank you.
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Anonymous
Traffic would become congested over the bridge
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Anonymous
There are NOT more bicycles than cars. City Council can spend that money in other places. Maybe putting a Round-a-bout on Seaway and Binney. This may help even more with traffic going east. Right now going East, a single lane Bridge would back up traffic on US1 in the right lane trying to make a right on Seaway Drive and also back up traffic going north on Indian River Drive to the bridge. Going west, its better to back up the traffic on the bridge with two lanes, because there is a three lane traffic light at IRD and a three lane traffic light on US1. A single lane bridge would back traffic up to the Seaway/A1A circle or to Archies. Traffic is picking up every year, due to the great things going on out at the beach. This project would create a BIG PROBLEM,
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Anonymous
Are you kidding !!!!!! All of you should drive over the bridge more often. I Rarely see a cyclist on the bridge and the bridge bottlenecks more than once a day. I am across it several times a day. We know. MANY, MANY more cars than cyclist s. Some idiot driver in a hurry will hit/ kill a cyclist. TERRIBLE idea !!!
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K McClure
Just too much traffic to support this option, with future development and more train traffic on the horizon.
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Zach
The time and money would be better spent elsewhere. We should use available resources to improve the flow of traffic, not impede the flow of traffic. For instance, the little bridge on Old Dixie Hwy by Taylor Creek Marina would help alleviate traffic in that area. Fix it first, worry about bicycle lanes later. That's just one example. Fix the problems we have, reduce traffic congestion, worry about the cyclist when the car traffic problem has been solved.
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Daniel and Colette Simcox
Please don't do it. It is a waste of taxpayers funds.
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mitch hilburn
during season traffic backs up to top of bridge when going east. if only one lane it would probably back up to the light at seaway and indian river drive. worse every year
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Frank & Wendy Marian
Traffic is already bad on the bridge from Dec - April, and will become a nightmare with all the additional facilities to be built in downtown and on the island - hotels, marina, etc. We go with our bycicles on the pedestrian sidewalk and we never have any problems. Please leave the bridge as is and spend the money on better projects!
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Thomas D Voss
This should have been done on the original design. The bridge walkover railing is not tall enough and the walkover is to narrow for pedestrian traffic. Traffic has to move to the left lane anyway to accommodate the single lane at the foot of the bridge.
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Peggy Brigance
The south bridge is primarily for auto traffic and works well for that so please don’t disrupt. The bikers and walkers have an area even if not ideal. If the lanes are decreased to one auto lane each way, the backups will be horrific. Especially with the snowbirds, disabled that have enough problems now driving across in their lanes and then with addition of new shopping area by Harbour Cove will add to the congestion. Please respect the little bit of slide down life the residents of So Hutchinson enjoy. Please don’t make it more difficult to live here yearround so that residents will want to move.
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Jim Althaus
I do not support this project as it is difficult enough to get off and on the island. Trying to get home from work in the in the evenings and weekends is almost tripled in time to get home. If bicycle lanes are needed use one of the walkways dedicated 2 bicycles
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Anonymous
I enjoy cycling but I am not for inconveniencing thousands of cars a day on our already well-designed South Bridge to make room for riders and walkers.
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Frank V Isabella
Great idea. The road on the island is only 2 lanes so the proposed change will make it easier to not requiring cars to merge from 2 lanes to 1 going and coming from the island. Thanks Great idea.
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Deanna Voehl
have been watching the posts about the proposed change to south bridge. Maybe I missed it, but has there been discussion on how a bicyclist is to get out of the way when a first responder needs to use the bicycle path? It is not safe to move to the car lane and many will struggle with getting their bike over the cement wall. My other concern is the lack of visibility over the top of the bridge. Years ago a woman in an old mail truck was hit from behind and killed because a driver going over the top of the bridge didn’t see her vehicle just over the top. A bike lane is a bike lane. A first responder lane is a first responder lane. The two should not mix. Thanks for listening
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Anne T. Oliveri
This change would be a hindrance to safety. I oppose this change.
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Patti Ireland
We already have tremendous traffic back-ups, which may only worsen as the new retail center on Seaway Drive opens. This would not be beneficial for the residents of Hutchinson Island.
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judy secrest
If anyone looked at the traffic across the bridge during January thru March, I cannot imagine they would support this change. At times traffic has been backed up to Route 1 and quite a distance down seaward drive. The situation is even more acute when festivals are held at the park across from the aquarium. I would express serious concern after the shopping plaza goes in that the present 2 lanes are not going to handle the traffic. I strongly recommend that this change not be implemented.
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Anonymous
During the summer, the one lane may not be an issue, but in season we would see serious backups on a regular, daily basis. I am not for a project to remove any lanes from the bridge. I can appreciate that the bikers are all for it, however, the biking clubs I see are on Saturdays - perhaps the answer would be on Saturdays to block off one lane each way until say 3:00 pm and then open them back up. Closing off one lane in each direction permanently is no the way to go.
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Anonymous
Agree this is needed
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Anonymous
The idea of taking the lanes of auto traffic down to 2 from 4 is ludicrous. The original expansion of the bridge to 4 lanes was done after serious consideration of the population and traffic growth. The island is seeing even more expansion, both in residential and commercial ventures. The opening of the causeway marina and the frequent events scheduled there make traffic a nightmare already- on many days the traffic is backed up over the peak of the bridge coming east bound, and the right hand lane is essential for entry into the marina grounds. By the same token, traffic exiting from the marina to the west would be severely impacted by a reduction of lanes westbound. In addition, westbound traffic at the end of the bridge must end up at the junction of US 1 with multiple lanes, for access to both the north and south highway lanes. The addition of the new retail center planned on Seaway Dr near Harbour Isle actually demands an expansion of the lanes on Seaway Dr for the future. There surely are other options available to accommodate bicycles that do not involve reducing the traffic lanes, especially considering that the ratio of bicycles to cars is extremely low. Ideas such as using the current pedestrian walkways to utilize one side of the bridge for pedestrians, the other side for bicycles ( while updating the railing height for the safety of both) is one option. Another may be to consider an expansion for the bridge to accommodate pedestrians and bicycles. One other thing to consider is that we have a large population of retirees, and while some of them are quite fit and bicycling enthusiasts, many of our aging residents are simply not -either by choice or an inability to engage in such pursuits. Frankly, a better use of our funds would be an expansion of public transportation that would benefit ALL of our population, rather than catering to a small population of cyclists, many of whom do not even reside or bicycle year-round.
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Marcia B Baker
Increased enforcement of speed limits and illegal passing on both the bridge as well as all roads on the island should be implemented. Improvements won't work if motorcyclists are allowed in bike lanes
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MARIA C REED
The speeding and congestion on the south bridge already too dangerous. Narrowing or eliminating lanes for bicycles will make this even worse. The congestion will increase accidents and road rage incidents.
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Anonymous
Dangerous to ride over the bridge
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Steven
and this is why improvements are needed...or just ban cars completely from using the bridge
Anonymous
Jupiter had done this and it’s a mess! I think it’s even more dangerous because people still think it’s a car lane!
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Jessica McElheny
Getting on and off the island is already such a nightmare especially during season and during these festivals that I could not imagine this not causing major backups and delays for my family to get to and from our home.
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Allan
This is a poor fix to a poorly poorly planed and executed project. * The existing bridge goes from 4 lanes to two lanes bottlenecked by a roundabout * It's obvious that bicycle and pedestrian traffic was an afterthought during original construction * This is nothing more than a cheap band-aid to an insufficient piece of infrastructure. What happens because of these critical issues is that traffic backs up from the roundabout OVER the bridge. Cutting the lanes down by 50% will back traffic up to US 1; most likely causing north and southbound queuing of vehicles as they wait to turn If you want to solve the problem, create a NEW pedestrian bridge that runs adjacent to the existing bridge that serves both bicycles and walkers/runners. Then focus on the roundabout bottleneck.
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Patti Ireland
agree- a second bridge for bikes and walkers.
Scott Jones
I agree, too. The problem is that the bridge is 45 years old and probably 10-15 years away from a total re-build anyway. A new pedestrian bridge would never get approved under that scenario. The bike lanes are in inexpensive fix that can be implemented rapidly.
Kirk Murray
Traffic backs up from the roundabout at Harbor Isle over the bridge now in season. This will cause it to back up into U.S. 1 and cause chaos at the intersection. There are currently sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. If bikers can't walk their bikes over the bridge then make one sidewalk for bikers and one for pedestrians.
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John Line
Safety with volume of cars on and off island. Severe traffic jams now. I’ve sat and watched the number of bikes vs cars. It doesn’t warrant it by shear numbers alone. A few bikes vs safety of huge numbers of cars trying to enter and leave. With new marina and activities added to volume near impossible to travel in a safe and timely manner. Also 4 th car has taken down wall at Harbor Isle I less than 4 years!! No increase to satisfy minority’s bikes!
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Anonymous
As a full time resident of South Hutchinson Island for over 30 years and a bicyclist, I think this a terrible idea. We should not be reducing lanes on a bridge when growth in our area is occurring. With The development of the jetty area, Causeway Cove Marina, and the draw to the beach, the amount of traffic on the island during season and the summer has increased substantially over the last several years. The eastbound lanes already back up past the top of the bridge on weekends. Reducing lanes would only congest traffic more and block emergency vehicles. Are the people purposing this even a resident on the island and has anyone considered the impact it would truly have on those of us that are? I vote no or make it a toll bridge which would really reduce traffic on the island allowing for that purposed bike lane.
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Paul Christy
I like the simplified graphic proposal for bike lanes, but here as with other pedestrian pavements I feel that some barrier should be placed to prevent bicycle or scooter travel on the pedestrian pavement.
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Anonymous
I propose this may not be a wise decision to install bike lanes on the South Hutchinson Island bridge. Here’s the argument. Fort Pierce welcomes guests and tourism on the island. They bring welcomed revenue and restaurants and businesses thrive during season. It is a joy to share the sand, sun and beauty the Treasure Coast offers vacationers and families who visit. It is too rich a natural thing not to share. As a result, during season, the bridge gets congested and many times both East bound lanes driving onto the island are backed up to the bridge peak and down the other side. The length of each season is getting longer. As such, the relative traffic is increasing as more people are staying year around and as new comers discover what the island has to offer. As homes and condos continue to increase along SA1A, so will the island population and their need for access. Can you imagine the back up of traffic if it were only one lane? Even now, local islanders have a difficult time getting to and from their homes and condo's. They made two lanes in each direction for good reason. To increase traffic flow and for quick egress during hurricane season. If they had included a center lane when they redeveloped A1A for turning traffic – it might have helped traffic flow and reduced the start / stop congestion we experience now. But we don’t have that. Now we want to congest traffic even more with one lane each way and put cyclists in harm’s way. This brings the most important point to bare, the safety of the cyclists. If we reduce traffic to one lane each way with bike lanes on both sides, it is inevitable that someone will, at some time, be struck. The distractions of cell phones, drunk drivers, etc. tell the story. Yes, it would be nice to ride over the bridge to Saturday market or into town for shopping, or on a long bike tour. But at what cost? Just last fall, we had a deadly accident on the bridge. We recently lost 4 people on A1A near the nuclear plant and yet another accident at the Harbour Isle entrance at the roundabout just two weeks ago and again at the bottom of the bridge just last week. (And no we don't need a light at the bottom of the bridge.) Let's not create MORE opportunity for injury or fatality by reducing to one lane and combining vehicles, cyclists, cell phones and drunk drivers in tightly confined lanes. The bottle neck would be unbearable. I am a bicyclist. I would NOT recommend or use the proposed bike path but would continue using the existing secured walkways. Walking the bikes back and forth as we have been. It’s not the cyclists who are in question, it’s the poor driving habits in a confined space. Adding an external walkway outside the bridge railing is one option but would estimate to be costly unless state or federal grant money was secured for the project. Looking to the future: Is anyone looking at the construction plans for the North HI bridge that is being considered for replacement? Is it being drawn up to accommodate 4 lanes PLUS bicycle and walk lanes? The North Island will have the same growth issues and considerations as the South does now. Something to check into. Factoid: Bicycle incidents in Florida over a 5 year period included 500 fatalities and 20,000 injuries. Florida ranks #1 in the country. You can find these stats and more in the links below. Fortunately, St Lucie county is currently not one of the top ten counties in the state who have high incidents of bike injuries or fatalities. However, these kinds of traffic decisions make us destine to be on that list. That’s not a list we, the driver or the cyclist want to be on representing our county, city and island. But what do I know? I just live here, work here, and play here. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/tsftables/tsfar.htm Orlando Sentinel: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/audience/david-whitley/os-ae-cyclists-deaths-florida-david-whitley-0925-story.html Florida Bike Accident Attorney: http://www.floridabikeaccidentlawyer.com/statistics-of-florida-bicycle-accidents
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Stephanie Jones
I do not think this is a beneficial idea. Lessening the lanes will increase traffic. No thank you!
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Michael
The flow of ??? thousand cars across the bridge every day more important than 10 or 15 bicycles a day, hey I have a better idea, close the bridge to cars .. some thought process.
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Tim Barrett
I have completed the Survey on line with the following information. I share it here in case anyone would like to use it for similar comments. I cycle in St. Lucie County and Martin County 5 days a week. I travel over the Stuart, Jensen Beach and Fort Pierce Causeways on a weekly basis on my bicycle. The Fort Pierce Causeway was not configured to the current standards of the Jensen Beach and Stuart Causeways and there is no safe bike lane. Bikes are required to use a vehicle lane (not safe for the cyclist) or the walkway (not safe for the walkers/runners). The number of lanes across the bridge (2 in each direction) in not consistent with the A1A roadway East of the bridge which narrows to 1 lane each way prior to the traffic circle east of the bridge. To the west of the bridge, the road ends at US-1 and has intersections where motorists turn off on Indian River drive or go N/S on US-1 so the overall flow of traffic is not impacted by the proposed change. Re-configuring of the lanes without changes to physical barriers does not impact the ability of emergency response vehicles to respond East or West of the bridge. The proposed changes will bring the bridge into conformance with current safety standards for all modes of transportation, without impact to vehicle traffic flow due to the restrictions already imposed by the surrounding thoroughfares.
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Julie Wheler
As a biker, I would support this project if careful to not allow back ups in traffic during the tourist high peak months.
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SUSAN MAURER
Increase in dangerous situation for everyone. Former EMT/Firefighter, I would not recommend this change to a structure that had studies done to build it the way it is. I am a casual bicyclist and would not approach this bridge.
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Anonymous
Will slow traffic down, now a raceway
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Anonymous
I have witnessed first hand how decreasing the flow of traffic on and off an island can negatively impact the area. I understand the safety concerns for the bicyclists but the benefits do not outway the potential problems that this will cause. Think of the mess this will cause when the traffic is backed up all the way to US1. I feel this will never work and is a waste of taxpayer money.
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Anonymous
Leave it as it is.
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Pat
Go over bridge every day and do not see a need for change
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Dana Miller
Traffic across the bridge is already crowded. They are starting to hold major events now at the marina just over the bridge, increasing traffic. First responders will have nowhere to go or be able to get by traffic if it is reduced to 2 lanes opposed to 4. This is an awful idea!
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Anonymous
Unnecessary change (perhaps a want of some but not a need). And may be being requested by some who are here for only a few months or less. Fort Pierce continues to want to develop the South Beach area (Causeway Cove, new shopping in front of Harbour Isle, new restaurants, etc) which means more traffic across the bridge in both directions. Plus we have drivers who do not know how to handle a roundabout or speed limits. I can only picture the traffic backup all the way to US1 of people trying to get over the bridge if it is a one lane (check out the back up on the one lane each way at the Jensen Beach Causeway). Further many drivers don't respond to emergency vehicles as they should, so you create another back-up potential. There is no data to suggest that there is a need for this change.
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Anonymous
To narrow the flow of traffic to one eastbound and 1 westbound lane will sacrifice the wishes of the majority of residents who drive cars, in favor of a fewer number of residents that ride bikes across the causeway the residents of Hutchinson Island should come 1st before seasonal residents and the occasional visitor. There will be an increase in car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents, over water. In case of an evacuation that bridge will become a nightmare! That bridge is not comparable to any other bridge in the area. It is not the same as Jensen Beach causeway, which is a nightmare during high season and on the weekends with traffic.
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Anonymous
I feel the traffic congestion is already high and I feel this will just back up the traffic even more. I do feel slowing down the speed on the bridge is good but the volume in season will just cause more backups entering the island.
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Craig Zezeck
Reducing the bridge to 2 lanes will cause significant back ups particularly in the west bound direction. In addition to that the timing of this is particularly bad because we have yet to see the traffic issues caused by the Brightline Passenger trains. If you want an improved bike situation hang a walkway off the side of the bridge. By the way the railing needs to be higher.
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Stuart Clark
There are very few bicycles using the bridge why don't you just use one of the two foot paths, as a bicycle path for six month and count the numbers as a trial. Before you waste our TAXES
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Anonymous
Insane idea. More & more cars here & reducing lanes???
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Don Kilian
Two problems with this. First, I always use the outside lane because people always look at the water and drift into the opposite lane. There was a head on accident in front of us last year. With one lane you have nowhere to avoid trouble. Second with all the new festivals the bridge is backed up 20 minutes at times coming onto the island, its was over 20 minutes the day of the Italian festival. Where are all those cars going to go with one lane? Backed up on US1? Why not just raise the railing and use that sidewalk. If you have people riding along side cars with rubberneckers you are asking for trouble. For every one bicyclist that will like this there will be 5000 cars that are inconvenienced.
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Anonymous
No, no, no, Why do that? For who? It's just crazy.
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DAVID FARBSTEIN
This street has a speed limit of 35 but most drivers drive at slower speeds causing backups. Narrowing the bridge would only cause more backups. I have never seen bikers only pedestrians. Not needed.
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S. GREGOIRE
KEEP THE 4 LANES FOR CARS
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TJ METE
Traffic back-ups If there is an accident on the bridge, no one will get home. It should not take 30 minutes to get to the Island to go home. Also, dangerous for all who drive the bridge & bicycle.
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Anonymous
But I would rather see the bridge narrow down to three existing vehicle lanes and take one of the outside lanes, either direction, and make that the bike in pedestrian path in both directions. But only on one side, leaving three travel lanes that can be adjusted to fit traffic patterns i.e. two lanes in and one lane out or two lanes out in one lane in.
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Tom Rager
I live on the island, and the tourists usually don't go the speed limit, they drive about 20 mph to see the sites. When there is an event on the island the traffic is backed up to the top of the bridge, which is 2 lanes. If you make it one lane, the traffic will be backed up to US1. I think that is a terrible idea. There are bike lanes from the Jetty to the bridge, and from the jetty to Jensen beach. How much more do the (BIKERS) need? You want to make these changes for a couple of bikes to ride across the bridge? This is a rediculous idea! We pay registration on our vehicles for license plates, which helps pay for roads and maintenance, I don't think (Bikers) pay for the roads. You want to inconvenience us, who pay plenty of taxes to live here, for this Idiotic idea, I don't think so!!!
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Anonymous
Herre a picture of the bridge congestion. https://d3926qxcw0e1bh.cloudfront.net/post_photos/67/df/67df44a5719edb63c83d85bad2fd2752.jpg.max800.jpg
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Anonymous
Bikes don’t belong on the bridge with the cars. The Virgin train will create enough traffic issues. A bike path on one side is enough & can be added to the outside not the inside.
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I
The extra lanes now just back up traffic starting at the merge.
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Anonymous
Bridge Traffic is already congested and will worsen with the relocation of Cumberland Farms and Mall at the round a bout. I walk my bike across the bridge. Riding a bike across the bridge is unsafe and dangerous to both bike rider and vehicles crossing the bridge. Remember 17th Street bridge and Barber Bridge incidents. Vote NO to bicycle lanes.
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Lelaine rice
Very much against the change!!
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Gerald J Britt
Not needed and would cause traffic delays and safety issues.
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Linda Epstein
How many people and bicycles go over that bridge every day? I’m sure not near as many as cars do. No one is walking or riding a bike to go to a Drs appt, grocery shop, make a delivery, go to a restaurant, pick up building supplies or go to work. Going from the island there are two traffic lights - will people have to wait in a straight line to turn R, L, or straight for the first light? What is the present problem with walkers and bikers sharing the existing spot. I see more people getting off their bikes and walk over the bridge.
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Greg New
I lived in and bicycled in St. Lucie County for many years and regularly crossed this bridge on weekly Saturday club rides.
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Anonymous
I am not for changing the lanes at Ft. Pierce 1.I want to know who submitted the request to change the lanes, I feel it is important to know. 2. The bridge was originally designed for 4 lanes 3. Bottle necking the bridge going west would create kaos and stop the flow of traffic off the island 4. Bicycles do not pay for roads, cars do! 5. It is absurd to spend money and time when the ratio of cars to bicycles is about 300,000 to 1. I may be off by a few hundred thousand but why would you cater to such a off set ratio. 6. The city paid for and adopted a Charrette identifying development of the Causeway area. 7. Why would tax payers be subjected to this cost? 8. I walk the bridge all the time with no problem.
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Marcia Triolo
I would like to see you paint new lines and try out the plan to see how well it works before you start.
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Susan
The walkers can use the sidewalk like they currently do. I have never seen an overabundance of bikes but they is certainly enough motor vehicle traffic for all lanes.
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Anonymous
Will create worse traffic
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Anonymous
I live at Harbour Isle and if the bridge is reduced to 2 lanes where are the speeders to go? I cross this bridge twice a day. The bridge traffic is backed up, especially on the weekends, because of the circle by HI and Chuck's. I get passed by most times I cross the bridge because most drivers don't pay attention to the speed limit. I vote no for this change to accommodate bikers. Sorry that includes emergency vehicles but people pull to the right lane for them. Thank you.
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Anonymous
I also live in Harbour Isle and have lived here 10 years as a year round resident. In the last few years I have seen increase in people coming to the island. As it stands on the weekends, the traffic is backed up on the bridge and in five years the lane that is being removed will have to be added or a new bridge will have to be built (I have seen this happen on Long Beach Island in NJ). By widening the one car lane may cause accidents due to motorcycles or other small vehicles attempting to pass cars because of the traffic standstill on the bridge. Also emergency and law enforcement vehicles will be unable to access the island in a timely manner for emergencies. I hope that more consideration is taken in this change.
Ann Sammarco
I have been a resident in St. Lucie County for the past 5 years and frequently ride on A1A, crossing the bridges to the island. Due to the lack of a bike lane on the South Causeway Bridge in Fort Pierce it is unsafe for bicycles. Please add the bicycle lanes as proposed. Florida has far too many bicycle fatalities - please protect us! Thank you.
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Kathleen Broe
There is already too much traffic on the bridge and a walkway for walkers and bikes so it doesn't make sense to cut the lanes down to one.
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Anonymous
Excellent idea. It will calm bridge traffic, and improve safety. The sidewalk is too narrow for a bike lane, and the railing is too low.
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EJ
YES, YES, YES
Pat Savino
Have the courage of your convictions. I pay no mind to Anonymous as I know no one by that name. If you want to influence the opinions of others, be a real person.
Kathleen Urciuoli
Implementing this proposal will enhance the delays in getting on or off the island
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David A Hicks
FDOT states average cars per day are 14,800, and I know that it is much higher in season. Half of those drivers want to go slow, and many very slow(which is there choice). Other drivers prefer to drive more reasonably. Probably 30% are trying to get to work etc. To choose the change you would be inconveniencing on average 4440 people per day. For what, so that a few bicycles that can cross the bridge now, can do it in style. The idea is very disrespectful to the working people on both sides of the bridge.
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Anonymous
you will end up with traffic back ups and no one in the bike lanes
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Nyla Pipes
Traffic will just be more congested and backup clear to US1! It's not the lane reduction slowing people down headed east, but the roundabout. Congestion is always ridiculous on the weekends during season. I also walk the bridge and there are not enough bicycles to matter... We're sharing space just fine as it is.
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Mae MacDonald
Having seen and been in a traffic jam on the Jensen beach bridge, I am totally against putting in bike lanes, and reducing the car lanes. There are so few bikes using the bridge compared with the thousands and thousands of cars. Please do not make the same costly mistake that Jensen Beach has done. P.S. I am a biker .
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John
There is already a protected bike lane. Bike traffic is very light compared to the heavy vehicular traffic. Leave it the way it is. Thanks
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Al Sammarco
I live in St Lucie County and cycle in St Lucie and Martin Counties. I ride on A1A and cross the bridges. The SR-A1A South Causeway Bridge in Fort Pierce is unsafe for bicycles. Please add the bicycle lanes per the proposal. This would not negatively impact traffic since A1A east of the bridge is one lane each way prior to the traffic circle. Florida has too many bicycle fatalities. Please protect cyclists. Thank you very much.
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Anonymous
If going from 4 lanes to 2 lanes, there will be traffic jams both ways. Why change a good thing for such a minority of users. Keep the traffic flow as is plus we would have to "foot" another bill to pay for such a doonboggle. Remember we have a circle on the east side of the island and then going west the drivers have to contend with the railroad crossing and getting onto US #l.
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Arthur
Disaster waiting to happen. Make bridge wider to make room for bike lanes. Will be a traffic nightmare on west side of bridge.
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Jaimee Godfrey
I live on the island and the traffic is constantly congested. I see this proofs causing even more congestion, especially during emergencies. Why not build a causeway at Midway Road that was talked about years ago to alleviate some of the Traffic in south causeway? Those who work at the power plant would also have another option to use that to get to and from work.
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Anonymous
There is too much traffic already on the bridge. Can the pedestrian lanes be widened for bikes? Maybe only one wider pedestrian lane.
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Anonymous
To dangerous traffic backs up already!
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Jules Steiner
The traffic jam on the weekend comes past the crest of the bridge heading east. Removing a lane will push the traffic to at least US1, if not further. Bicycles have no “out” option for inattentive/texting drivers and will be wedged on the concrete barrier, potentially with fatal consequences. Further east on Seaway drive they have the option of jumping the kerb or throwing themselves on the grass. Extremely bad idea to cause this degree of danger to the cyclist and inconvenience tens of thousands of motorists daily. The cheap solution of painting some lines is not necessarily the best.
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Anne Sinnott
Bicycle riders will be in jeopardy of being run over by inattentive drivers and the proposed "bike lane" will be an attractive nuisance for motorcyclists and impatient drivers. The proposal will create horrific traffic bottlenecks. Furthermore, evacuation of the South Hutchinson island area in the event of a nuclear power plant incident will create an evacuation nightmare on the bridge plan you have proposed. Residents will never be able to be evacuated within the NCR's required 30 minute limit. Please keep in mind the purpose of the bridge is to move vehicular traffic and not to create a sightseeing venue. Recent studies have shown that most "bicycle paths and lanes" are underutilized.
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Anonymous
When originally proposed I opposed the plan but have changed my position. I lived on the South Beach of Ft Pierce for 46 years. I moved to PSL to avoid flooding caused by hurricanes. I still travel to the South Beach at twice a week to bank and visit friends.
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EJ
YES,YES,YES
Mario Cobo
Please put Bycicle lanes. It is very dangerous for Bycicles going on the bridge that many times I completely avoid it and turn around before getting there. Traffic won't be affected as people have been on a single lane before coming into the bridge and exiting the bridge. On the contrary, if will keep traffic at a steady speed instead of some drivers passing other cars at 60 mph to gain a few seconds.
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Anonymous
This bridge is not safe for anyone! Bike lanes are crucial for making Ft. Pierce a more modern and safer city! Kudos!
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Wendy Gordon
Do it!
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VICKY RAGER
Hello, I am a full time resident on the island. I have experienced significant delays on the bridge when the Cove Marina has events. To get back home during these events is taxing enough without having to deal with additional stress with only one lane available.I also have noticed the small amount of bicyclists on the bride to warrant such a drastic move to inconvenience those that live on the island as well as those who want to experience the quaintness of our island and to boost the economy of the businesses here. I understand some individuals are trying to remain green and to use a bicycle as their main mode of transportation, however, to disrupt the residents of the island to accommodate a few bicycles is utterly ridiculous. A suggestion is to make one of the walkways on the bridge for bicyclists only and the other will be designated to those who walk. I AM STRONGLY AGAINST THIS PROPOSAL!!!!!!
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Teri Britton
They bridge used to be 2 lanes You changed it because of increased traffic. That was years ago, Why would you change it back? The traffic will be horrible All the way back to US1 and the Jetty
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Dr. Arnold Loew
During the months from November to May, traffic coming onto the island can back up to US1. With the coming of any high speed trains, this can become disasterous. Higher inflation the handrails for the safety of walkers and bikers, in my opinion is a better resolution.
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Jeanne Coseo
Between the growing community and more trains on the horizon I see no benefit to anyone by reducing vehicle traffic lanes. It is difficult enough to get across the bridge on weekends with 4 lanes. I read a suggestion that made sense to me by having one of the present walk lanes designated for bike traffic only. Have any traffic study been done? How many vehicles do you really expect to eliminate. It’s one thing to bike for exercise and pleasure but how many folks will give up their cars for getting to appointments, groceries and nighttime activities downtown?
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Anonymous
Complete streets is a great idea, but not on a bridge that already reaches and exceeds capacity.
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Anonymous
It's just silly. Makes no sense, so few bikes so many cars
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Lester Hummel
It is hard enough to pull out into traffic now from the east side what would it be like if the changes are made, how many accidents or deaths will they be.
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Jon
I believe this proposal will create traffic jams during season, the possibility of accidents will dramatically increase and cut down emergency response times. Perhaps you could build a two way bike lane suspended off the south side of the bridge. It will cost more in turn be much safer, surely saving lives and congestion. Perhaps being a state highway you should at least do a study on traffic flow and bicycle trail demand. I also think this would be better decided by the tax payers in the form of a ballot question.
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Anonymous
Put it on a special ballot like the recent on mill property tax increase for the St Lucie County school system. That way, it is fair and unbiased.
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Anonymous
Safety should be a main concern here. Period. The official bike lane/ emergency lane keeps people safe. Move into this Century with the rest of the country and create a bike lane so our community is desirable for all sorts of commuters and vacationers. Slow down in your vehicle and be a responsible adult. Allow safe space for walkers and cyclists. This project is a huge step forward in road safety.
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Anonymous
Leave it as is
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Anthony M. Walker
Bridge is currently too narrow for bikes and pedestrians
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Anonymous
not really necessary
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Susan Buche
Bridge traffic 2 lanes are bumper to bumper on weekends. Going to 2 lanes would back up traffic severely.
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John Trahan
This is an essential project in becoming a bikeable, walkable community.
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Terry Davis
Currently the South Bridge in Fort Pierce is the most unsafe crossing of the Indian River Lagoon. This project would increase recreational bicycling opportunities and would have a positive impact on business in the area including on South Hutchinson Island and Downtown Fort Pierce as recreational and touring cyclists traveling from South to North would take this route and patronize local restaurants.
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Michael Twomey
I am a resident of Martin County. Both the Stuart Bridge and Jensen Bridge have two traffic lanes, one in each direction to the island, along with a bike lane on each side and it works fine for both cars and bicycles. Both get a lot of bicycle traffic. Although I don't know traffic counts here, it appears to me that the traffic count is much higher than the Fort Pierce bridge. The fact that there are only two lanes on the east side of the Fort Pierce bridge now would eliminate the need for traffic to "race" for a spot to merge. Currently, my observation is that cars only use the two lanes to aggressively pass other cars, putting everyone at risk.
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Patti Ireland
You are not a resident of Fort Pierce or St. Lucie county. why do you feel you should input on an issue that impacts the residents of Fort Pierce?
Raymond LaChapelle
This is not a good idea, traffic during season gets backed up with 4 lanes. I don't see that many bicycles on the bridge and the few that do go over the walk way. When it isn't broke leave it alone.
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Scott Jones
Between March 29-31 the Causeway Cove Marina held a Carnival and Music festival immediately east of the south bridge in Ft. Pierce. I happened to travel between my house, 1.5 miles west of US 1 in Ft. Pierce to Ocean Village 3-4 times a day throughout that time in the morning, afternoon, and evenings. I never once saw traffic backed up on the bridge and the heavy traffic that was present throughout the weekend never caused me more than a 5 minute delay in any of my trips across the island. How can it be that an event of that size on one of the busiest times of year not cause any traffic delays, but we MUST have four lanes for .6 miles or all hell will break loose?
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Americo Pallante
I live right across the bridge and I mainly see only cars using the bridge to change things for only a few people that use bikes I don't see the need to add a bike lane the Island has plenty of bike lanes bikers can now use to waste tax payers money on adding bike lanes isn't a good one. Much more people in cars use the bridge then people riding bikes .
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Gary Hickman
This is a bad idea and a waste of taxpayer money. Traffic will be backed up on US 1 at times. Bikers have all the distance they need cycling up and down S. Hutchinson Isd. Thousands of cars travel over the bridge to every one bicycle. I live on the island and traffic during the season is already getting too heavy. Taking away two lanes for cars will be unacceptable. For you second run at doing this project, its still a very bad idea.
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Angel Collins
As a new resident to S. Hutchinson Island, I support this project. I walk the bridge 3 times per week. I also see the backup, especially on the weekends. This is High Season, and my understanding is this time is what creates most of the traffic. But also contributing to the traffic is 2 lanes going East reducing to one. There are many drivers who refuse to merge before they get across the bridge. If there were already only 1 lane, the flow could move. Also, the bicyclists are mostly courteous, but we could use a bit of widening in the walk lanes to accommodate walkers and riders.
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Anonymous
As a frequent bicyclist, I see no reason to change the bridge. I bike over the bridge, push my bike sometimes, do not ride past walkers as I believe they have the right of way and I am courteous and considerate of their rights. This project would be a waste of taxpayer money and would also impede car traffic over the bridge.
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Anonymous
Agree a waste of taxpayers money that will be creating not only a traffic flow nightmare but dangerous for bicycleist. This proposal is insane crossing the bridge in a car is already dangerous dodging bicyclist will make it even more so.
Anonymous
I find to believe that as a bicyclist you can find the current configuration acceptable. Maybe you should take a ride over the Stuart and Jenson Beach Causeways, then honestly state whether you still defend the current configuration. Those bridges are exactly the same dimensions as the South Causeway bridge. They provide the kind of safe space for cyclist that users in this section of the island are entitled to. This is about being afraid of change - change that is good.
William Smith
Excellent plan! I am in full agreement with the changes being proposed.
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Robert Springer
Absolutely. Traffic needs to be slowed on the bridge. It is a beach area with more than the usual amount of bicycles.
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EJ
YES, YES, YES
JOANNE ALBARELLI
This is clearly a recessive plan! With the 900 dwelling units at Harbour Isle, the new shopping/restaurant mall planned for Seaway Drive, the major Cove Marina, the growing popularity of Jetty Cove with all its new/renovated restaurants, the many events held on the island and the continued growth of residential areas and tourist planning for South Beach, why would we be thinking of reducing emergency access/egress availability, for bike riders and pedestrians? In a Power Plant or storm emergency what is the thinking, that 2 lanes going in the same direction is better that 4 lanes for evacuation? Is there some reliable data that show evacuation by bicycle and foot is the future? Rather than changing the current traffic pattern by reducing vehicular access/egress availability why not consider adding a bike/pedestrian lane attached to the current bridge? It can be cantilevered to the existing support structure of the bridge. In that it would not be open to vehicular traffic, the load weight would be minimal. That would satisfy the snowbirds, the cyclists and the pedestrians while assuring safety to full time residents in the event of emergencies. (Off the record, was this plan hatched after a 3-Martini lunch?)
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Anonymous
One lane...traffic backed up on the bridge or off...one lane after you cross...why not put bike lane and walk lanes together...separate with a painted line...bikes are inside walkers are closest to water...one driving lane ...why do you need two driving lanes when it comes down to 1 once you cross?
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Anonymous
This is ridiculous. Bikers can use the sidewalk if they are courteous and don't ride too fast. If they need their own lane then make one sidewalk for bikes only and the other for pedestrians, with better crosswalks at each end of bridge. Don't cause massive auto congestion for the benefit of the few bikers.
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Anonymous
The island is getting more busy all the time and in season especially there already is a line up to get on the island. I do think a sign for bikers should be erected suggesting they walk their bikes over the bridge. The bridge is not that long
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Brenda Greene
During “season” the traffic is problematic already with four lanes. Making a two lane bridge will heightened congestion. During a hurricane evacuation, single lanes could a serious issue. Also, for residents who live and work on and off the island have to cross this bridge and by minimizing time and ability to crossover will escalate more problems. Majority of Bikers using the bridge are by choice. For these three reasons, my husband and I are totally against this project. Put your money to better use and leave well enough alone. If you lived or worked on the island, you would see this.
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Anonymous
We drive this bridge daily. With the new marina and their events it is impossible to drive across this bridge on weekends. You need to require the marina to have traffic control and bar left hand turns . Two years ago a man with a gun drove from Jensen Beach PAST THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT and was not stopped until Chucks Restaurant where he shot himself. The bridge at Seaway was closed for hours. We had to drive to Jensen Beach to get back to our home. The workers from the power plant speed through here. You need ANOTHER bridge probably close to the nuclear power plant, not less lanes of traffic. Surely some smart engineer can design an outside addition to the bridge able to support walkers and bikes. Before any more business is approved for this island, you need to consider that is it a traffic jam already. I truly fear that some event --like the man with the gun who shot himself and caused the bridge to be closed--- will occur and someone will die as a result of lack of access/egress. Add the possible Brighline train and you have a recipe for disaster. This weekend the marina has a music fest with 2 stages and 25 bands---I suggest your committee try to drive the bridge and see for yourselves.
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Blades Robinson
Kudos to the recommendation of constructing a bridge near the nuclear power plant! That ultimately is THE BEST solution. It would make sense to add the bridge at the east end of Midway Road as this would serve FO&L employees, all of the high rise residents south of the power plant, shortening commutes and eliminating a huge volume of traffic that is currently forced onto the Ft Pierce South Bridge. Lets work to address THE BEST long term solution.
Mary Ann Konrek
This bridge already has a lot of traffic. If it is reduced to 1 lane in each direction, traffic will be horribly backed up past US-1 and on the island. There is no reason to cause this type of traffic jam just so bikes can go across. We ride bikes and currently have no problem walking them across on the sidewalk currently there. Just recently a similar plan was put into place I believe in West Palm Beach and the result has been horrible traffic congestion. If you take a count of the number of bicyclists and the number of cars that use the bridge, there is no comparison - why cause all this congestion for just a small amount of use when there is already an area for them to use (sidewalk). We will end up becoming like Fort Myers Beach where it takes an hour or more just to get across to the beach. I feel this will be bad for the fulltime residents on the island who pay taxes and also for the businesses.
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Mark Anderson
Cyclists will use the bridge whether or not there are bike lanes. The pedestrian sidewalk is simply not equipped to handle bicycles, nor is it safe. One traffic lane would calm the motor vehicle speeds. A bike lane with a buffer gives the bike riders a margin of safety that is needed. The sidewalk would be for pedestrians. The proposed change will make everyone safer.
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EJ
YES, YES, YES
Robert Bemenderfer Jr.
This bridge was designed and built to accommodate the rising traffic count for the coming years it will exist. Now you want to change it so a few pedestrians and bikers can have more room? What about the growing number of cars that travel this bridge? You're nuts! It's more tax money that will be needlessly spent just for a few instead of the many. And put back the fishing cat walk that is being taken down.
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Lori Chapon
I don’t think we have a problem now. Bike riders/walkers have enough space. Future development concerns me with future traffic concerns.
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Anonymous
I support the project to improve travel and bicycle lanes. I would also like to see the handrails (railings) get raised to make them higher and safer. The current height of the railings is not adequate from a safety perspective.
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Mark Amorello
There is ample room for bikers to cross the bridge safe and secure in the protected sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. A bike lane would only reduce an already congested roadway and the amount of bike traversing the bridge is certainly not worth the cost or the interruption of the car and truck traffic. Especially considering the only other access to the island is much farther south. In the event of an evacuation of the island the road way needs to always be 4 lanes.
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Anonymous
Are you kidding me!!!! Some bicyclists that don't live in the area are trying to get their own lane for the "island loop" workout and you are considering taking two lanes of vehicle travel away from the people that actually live in the area and travel the road to and from their homes multiple times each day! Oh yes, we live local and we VOTE local!
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Anonymous
It will slow don’t the motorist breaking the speed limit! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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Robin Long
Please do not change the traffic lanes on the bridge. It’s bad enough as they are. Reducing the roadway to only 2 lanes of traffic will only exasperate an already congested method of travel.
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Mike Weber
Not safe for cyclists, too much auto traffic for one lane each way. Cyclists can walk their bikes along pedestrian walkways!
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Pete Whitridge
This bridge is very dangerous, this plan will help!
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C. Evanston
I strongly oppose this project. With an ever increasing flow/growth in traffic volume (especially with the ongoing development of property on the island) we do not need to reduce bridge capacity. Please do not reduce car capacity on the bridge.
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Steven
Many of us chose not to use cars to travel and deserve to have roads that are designed for the safe usage of all people-wether they are walking, cycling, or sitting in cars. Making the road accessible and safe is the role and responsibility of the government.
Anonymous
Money better spent on new north bridge. ( draw bridge )
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Anonymous
There is too much traffic for only two lanes. It will back up in both directions
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Anonymous
THIS IS NOT AN IMPROVEMENT.....IT WILL CREATE MASSIVE BACK LOG DEC THRU APRIL
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Patti Mehm
I am a bicyclist and enjoy riding my bike to downtown (I just walk it over the bridge and enjoy the view)… but I am against this proposal. I believe the congestion on the bridge will continue to worsen with the continued future development and the events at Causeway Cove, creating major back ups out to Rt 1 and Indian River. When you add a train, and then numerous additional trains if the High Speed plan passes it could be a terrible mess and inconvenience, which will create such a headache it will discourage visitors from coming downtown or over to the island to our restaurants, stores, etc... This will create a financial burden to our business community and limit our choices as residents if businesses close. On Monday, April 7, 2019 I was driving home around 11 am and saw 2 separate pairs of bikers, one set experienced bikers, the other casual vacation bikers. They were all riding on the sidewalk between Cumberland & Binney, even though there were straight away bike lines on both sides. Many I have spoken with are nervous about riding in the bike lanes because they don't trust their safety in the hands of most of the drivers and prefer to use the sidewalk. I suggest using the current walkways on the bridge, designating one side pedestrian only, the other a "bike lane" only... for added safety and feelings of security, a fence can be installed to prevent any accidents due to the low railing. If you want to ride for exercise and health benefits A1A is a great ride, without as many traffic concerns. The slight increase in bike riders will never outweigh the safety issues, traffic problems and inconvenience to our thousands of drivers (both residents & visitors) or losses to out businesses when people start avoiding the area.
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Kirk Schnabel
If you look what has happened in Tequesta and Jensen, you would realize this is a bad idea. There will be traffic backed up all over. I will vote against anyone who votes for this next election cycle.
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Colleen Long
There's so much traffic now- when events are going on. It took me 35 min to get home (US1 over the bridge, Seaway to Carlton) a couple weeks ago. Where are all the bikers going? Don't see many going over bridge into town now. Not happy...don't support this at all. Colleen Long
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Lee Keller
Leave 4 lanes and put concrete barriers in middle of bridge to stop pissible head-on collisions. Reducing lanes down to 1 will create a nightmare of traffic congestion onto rte 1 and potentially all the way back to cobbs landing. It will also potentially put backed up cars trying to get off rte.1 and onto bridge in between train tracks. If all Aboard florida ever happens and train traffic increases, your putting even more humans in harms way than currently exists.
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Ilona DeStefanis
Traffic is bad enough with 2 lanes in each direction, especially on the weekends. People who want to take the bridge can walk their bikes over it, it's not like that can not get to the other side if they have a bike. There are way more cars that travel that bridge then bikes. Traffic would be a nightmare!
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Anonymous
also need to do something about fort pierce crime...how many more decades will the crime in fort pierce be ignored...I live south of virginia ave...not in the crime central alphabet avenues of downtown...and heard a gunshot last night
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Anonymous
The people that thought of this had to be drinking or smoking weed too many people now you need a second bridge to handle everyone Bad idea
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Anonymous
Traffic backs up now to top of bridge heading east during peak times. With the addition of Shoppes of Harbour Isle as well as possible Cumberland Farms just past the roundabout, it is about to become a traffic safety issue with cars trying to turn left to go west out of the shops or gas station and backing up traffic even more.
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Deborah Underhill
To have 4 lanes merging into 2 on South Hutchinson creates an unsafe situation.
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Diane Korbey
There is too much traffic during season to reduce vehicular traffic on the stretch of the road; the back ups would be untenable
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David A. Hicks
I think that the current walk/bike lanes can be made safer with higher safety bars. I am very against impeding traffic by having only one lane each direction. There are a lot of very very slow drivers in Ft. Pierce (their choice), but those of us who work or have places to go do not have the luxury. The extra lanes on the bridge afford those who have somewhere to go to get around those who don't. The other issue is that in season the extra lanes are necessary, or you can have traffic backed up out to route #1. My guess is that at least a thousand cars cross the bridge each day with several thousand travelers. Half of them will be inconvenienced, so that a dozen bikers can ride the bridge. That is a very unfair trade-off.
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Anonymous
Traffic will be backed up in the high season December to April
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Steven
Adding bike lanes here will help keep our air and water cleaner with less pollution and oil and gas burnt. Let's add a toll to charge the cars being driven over this so that we can reduce the traffic back ups even more
Anonymous
This is a terrible idea. Look south to Tequesta to see the impact of closing lanes to accommodate bicycles. The impact on traffic was so great that they are trying to change it back. I suggest traffic control for Causeway Park during festivals at the organizers expense.
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anoymous04009
It is ill-advised to begin a major traffic project now, when the arrival of the Brightline and its' infrastructure problems and costs loom over us.
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Robert Schrumpf
On Saturdays eastbound traffic backs up from the two-lane to one-lane merger point all the way to the top of the bridge. Do you believe all those people will suddenly ride bicycles to the beach? No, they will not. That traffic will back up onto Hwy US-1 and cause gridlock. Please think about the consequences of this proposed change. I walk and ride bicycle, but unfortunately the proper solution is a wider bridge, or possibly three lanes for autos.
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Anonymous
I think this is an excellent proposal that will increase use and safety for all modes of travel and reduce current traffic stoppages on the island side.
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Anonymous
I see this as an opportunity for more head on accidents. I am a cyclist and would feel safer walking my bike over the bridge. I know from time to time there are road races; biking , running. The lanes should just be closed for those events. Weather and emergencies will be handled as they approach. I see a lot of accidents in the future if this goes through.
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Anthony M. Walker
I want to ride my bicycle over the bridge, it is impossible to do this now - too narrow for pedestrians and bikes - I live at 510 S 10th street
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Candace Buczinsky
Please do not do this - 6 months of the year the bridge is a backed and takes unduly time to get through. I've seen bikers on the walking path that is blocked off and think that should be adequate
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Richard Merullo
How many bicycles are crossing the bridge daily’s? How many cars and motorcycles are crossing daily. Are we creating a more dangerous situation by reducing vehicle lanes? Are we getting federal or state money to do this? Are we required by law to do this? I do not support this change.
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phillip pinto
I think you should make East bound over the bridge one lane and leave West bound over the bridge two lanes - easier to get off the Island. East bound goes into one lane anyway.
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Anonymous
As a SLC native and full-time resident I support this project. In this county our business owners and stores rely on our winter visitors. This will make our area more appealing for these people who spend lots of money here and increase our tax revenues. This is change and some people don't like change but there is a safety problem with that bridge. This solution will organize traffic better. The roads on the island are two lane and the bridge should match. It should not be a highway with cars going 50+ mph trying to merge and cutting off traffic flow. I'd like to be able to park in downtown with my family and ride bikes through our community, go eat lunch on the Island and let them play at Jaycee Park come back and have dinner downtown. It would be wonderful if more of our community had bike trails and paths for seasonal and year round residents. The bike lane will also serve as an emergency vehicle lane which is needed.
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Anonymous
Traffic getting on to the island (during season) is already backed up over the bridge. Having fewer lanes to access the island would increase the amount of congestion onto the island. I think this is a bad idea that would lead to further traffic congestion.
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kathy
The traffic is bad enough going onto or off of the island... especially during seasonal months. In my opinion, this will only worsen the flow of traffic.
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Steven
Why not make this a toll bridge and have the back up car traffic begin to make the bridge self supporting instead of wasting tax dollars on it for subsides for car owners?
Anonymous
During the winter months traffic will be backed up on seaway drive from Indian river drive all the way to the jetty
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Rafael Martinez
Planning of new roads, enhancements, or re-do's should always take into consideration having a bike lane. Actually, it should be a de facto: bike lanes should be part of roads in St Lucie County.
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Joyce Savric
I worry about the delay for first responders. There are traffic issues already right after the bridge by the park where traffics gets backed up.
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Anonymous
Traffic is already bad. This is a horrible idea.
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Anonymous
I do not think this will be safe for the few people who will take advantage of the bike lane. It would be safer to walk bikes over the bridge in the current protected walkway. It will also back up traffic unnecessarily. Thank you.
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Ingrid Aarrestad
I think this is a great idea. How many times have cars sped across the bridge, only to wait by the light anyway? The idea that it is used by more cars than bikes could change if it were safer to bike.
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Full time resident
If real serious conversations about traffic are to be held, then we must have real data about the number of vehicle crossings versus the bicycle crossings. Common sense will prevail with the facts, not emotions or the rumblings of minority opinion.
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Brenda McDaniel
Traffic congestion, whenever I’ve seen one lane closed on bridge, the traffic back-up is terrible.
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Anonymous
Long overdue!!
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Rob Gardner
Yes, WE HAVE SOME COMMON SENSE WITH THIS ONE! 2 lanes going to Seaway which is one lane is dumb...going down hill makes everyone go too fast and then they have to merge into one lane. Several people have died on the bridge and now it's time to make it safer and for people to be able to use their bikes and walk. Thanks
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EJ
YES,YES,YES
Deborah Brateman
Reducing the number of lanes on the bridge will cause the following problems: 1. If an accident occurs on the bridge, there will be no second lane to pull into so traffic on that side of the bridge will be completely blocked. Also no way for cars to pull over to allow emergency vehicles to get to that accident. 2. If mandatory evacuation happens (hurricane or nuclear) there will be only one lane for all of us to get off the island. 3. If there is a medical or other emergency on the island or an ambulance needs to get someone off the island to an emergency room, they cannot get past all the traffic on the bridge because there will be no lane for cars to try to pull off to to let the emergency vehicles by. To my way of thinking, you will be putting lives in danger for the few bicyclists that have to walk their bicycles across the bridge. Car traffic is increasing. Especially when snowbirds are here. The bridge is already a traffic jam. Please don't make it worse and more importantly more dangerous by limiting emergency vehicle access to one lane each way!
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Scott Jones
Hi Deborah- I think your concerns are addressed in the plan: 1) there is a buffer zone that leaves room for a disabled vehicle on the side of the road 2) The entire four lanes can be used for emergency evacuations, by design 3) Again, in an emergency the entire lane can be used by an ambulance or fire truck, even if traffic is stopped. I appreciate your concerns and I think the St. Lucie County TPO does too.
Murriah Dekle
Several case-study success stories: Streetfilms.org Safestreetssummit.org Completestreets.com Smartgrowthamerica.org/program/national-complete-streets-coalition/
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Michael Razey
The plan is solid. Traffic capacity of the current roads supports the redesign. Emergency traffic considerations can be addressed in the event of a hurricane.
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Anonymous
The way the bridge is now promotes increased speeds and passing to be the first one to the bottom on the east side, where it's one line anyway all the way to Stuart! So why not make it a much more pedestrian and bicycle friendly bridge. Not to mention safer for all.
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Anonymous
Limiting vehicles to only 1 lane in each direction will cause constant traffic back ups which will create problems for everyone including the bicycle riders.
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Lynsie
It will create to much traffic coming and going off the island I live full time here and do not want the bike lanes
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Anonymous
Eliminating 2 lanes of traffic will cause slow downs and more accidents. It's not a good idea.
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Steven
Slowing down the car drivers will make the road safer still. Finally making it accessible to all users-wheelchairs, walkers, and cyclists is long overdue!
Robert Shuter
This is long overdue. Having two lanes encourages speeding as aggressive divers want to pass other cars. This is often dangerous. The current sidewalk isn’t wide enough for bikes and pedestrians. In this age of addressing climate change, we need to make bike lanes safer. This proposal would accomplish this objectives. More people would cross the bridge on bicycles instead of cars. We already have a lovely bike lane along Seaway Dr, lets make it more useful by including bike lanes on the causeway.
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Anonymous
Would make traffic a nightmare
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Anonymous
I wouldn't mind seeing a jersey barriers and 2 lanes in lieu of a bike lane and ask that bikers walk bikes on sidewalk. I think it's dangerous to ride a bike on that bridge.
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Mark Schroeder
I enjoy walking over the bridge. It will be nice not have to worry about a bike trying to pass you on the bridge.
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Harriet Scott
Traffic on route one is already horrible and the construction makes it doubly horrible and there’s always construction. If you cut that bridge to one lane each way the traffic congestion is going to be a nightmare. All you need is one bike lane and it doesn’t need to be more than 4 feet and that does not equal losing two lanes. Please reassess you’re thinking because no matter what’s coming out of government these days other than DeSantis maybe saving our water, Decisions lately have been disastrous. From the federal level to the state level. The people spoke and now you want to change it so we can’t vote on constitutional matters. Please don’t do this to the people of Fort Pierce
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Edie Jones
I am thinking this plan will smooth the flow of traffic. It has been 30 yrs of driving to and fro on the bridge for me. Now, more than ever, the outside lanes on Seaway Dr bridge are used by drivers who go as fast as they need to, with the sole goal of passing as many of those pesky cars, going at or about the posted speed, hoping to be first to reach the lane change at the foot of the bridge. It is here that that slowing and congestion occur, as cars force their way into the lane that continues east and others brake, because they have to. This must be the only use of the outside lane, in my observation, since, from there on, eastbound traffic is 1 lane, period, all the way to Stuart. It is similar in the westbound lanes over the bridge. Hope this plan goes through and walkers and bike riders can be more at ease about their travels. I don't own the road just because I'm bigger or faster than you. E.J.
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Anonymous
Aggressive drivers
Darren Ragsdale
Anyone who thinks going from 4 lanes to 2 lanes will not create traffic jams is not playing with a full deck. The island is developing quickly and the volume of traffic has dramatically increased over the past decade. And will continue to increase- especially if the county greenlights a 500+ bed treament center/hospital/hotel/assisted living medical compound under consideration. Even without that all you have to do is ride up and down the island to see new building and marketing efforts to develop lots evrywhere. More volume is coming, like it or not and now is not the time to reduce the capacity of roadways and bridges. That is an insane idea, counter to the smart, efficient and suucessful management of our roadways.
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J. LEE
Do not want this project to go through. There are few bridges going across from Stuart, up the coast to Vero. Making it 2 from 4 for vehicle does not make practical sense. Financially bikes do not pay taxes to use the roads, like cars !! The fact that there is a walking lane should be good enough.
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Rich P
I ride my bike a lot in the bike lanes on A1A up to the east side of the bridge. I avoid crossing the bridge into downtown because of the dangers. Namely, traffic on the bridge drives way above 35mph so as to beat out the next guy (and for what?) Also, the bridge sidewalks are narrow, the pavement is bumpy, and the guard rail is way too low. I highly support this project to both improve safety for cyclists and to slow down traffic on the bridge and get drivers to enjoy the peace and tranquility the residents of the island enjoy. As an alternative, raising the guard rails by a foot or so and smoothing out the sidewalk pavement would give more cyclists a safe route onto and off of the island. These safety improvements are long overdue!
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EJ
YES, YES, YES
William Taylor
We live on the island and travel across this bridge more than once every day. There is more need for cars than bikes! Eliminating two car lanes and making two added bike lanes is RIDICULOUS!!! The biker lobby must be paying off someone! I am a biker. Maybe try enforcing the "no fishing" rule so that bikers and walkers can get by those "fisherpeople" that clog the bridge.
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Anonymous
I think this would be extremely dangerous for bike riders and cause more traffic congestion.
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Don
I live on South Hutchinson Island as a full time resident, I am an avid cyclist and runner. I think there are other options and don't think the planned change is necessary, however I do agree that improvements could be made. I attended the open house and was more than a little surprised that there were no statistics of current or past bicycle use of the bridge, when I asked about the stats, I was told if we make the changes they will come. I don't see that as an effective research tool to justify the reduction of lanes on the bridge. There is no doubt, that upon reducing the lanes, the current traffic back ups, will shift to backing up all the way to US 1, creating traffic nightmares at both the IR and US1 intersections. Then include the addition of a train back up (not even counting the proposed addition of High Speed trains) and it sounds like a nightmare and future safety issue, for the benefit of a few extra bikes a day. People (especially local & other nearby community area residents who could go else where) will stop coming to the downtown & coastal Ft Pierce area, having a huge economic impact on our business and restaurant community. My suggestion: Using the current pedestrian walkways on the bridge, have one for pedestrian traffic and one for cyclist. I understand that will require crosswalks to arrive at the proper side to cross the bridge but a slight inconvenience for the cyclist or pedestrian. On the bicycle side if there is concern for going over the side in an accident or by hitting the rail, a fence could be added as I have seen else where on other bridges.
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Christian O'neill
There is a much simpler fix. You eliminate one concrete barrier and move the four lanes over to the side of the bridge thus creating plenty of room on the other side to move the concrete barrier that remains further out from the wall creating a two-way bike/pedestrian lane. Please please please look at Tequesta going down to one lane in each direction is only going to be need to be changed back later
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Anonymous
Since it narrows to one lane at end of bridge eastbound anyway, I think it will help control speeders racing to get to end of bridge first at speeds up to 60 mph. It's dangerous at times.
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Anonymous
I strongly support this project
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Karen C
I am a bicycle rider. With the proposed design, bicyclists will be 2 feet from the cars - there will be no sagety barrier. Because the view is so distracting, cars will easily leave their lane and hit bicyclists. The proposed design is not safer for bicyclists.
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Scott Jones
If you look at the design a bit more carefully, you will notice that there is a 3.5' buffer between the bike lanes and traffic lanes, in addition to a widened traffic lane. This is far better than riding in the traffic lane, which is what we have now.
Gregory
As a regular bicyclist in this area (live at Harbour Isle) I see this as a dangerous barrier. The current walkway is too narrow to even walk a bicycle over the bridge with pedestrian traffic. Traffic on the bridge is way over the posted limit already (especially out of control pick-up trucks). There is ally of jockeying for the lead at the merge on the eastern merge. This is a welcome improvement that seems to work just fine in Stuart and Jensen Beach.
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Mike
I would like wider travel lanes. Suggest moving the barriers 2 1/2 feet toward the road way center line. This would allow for three 12 foot travel lanes with 6 1/2 foot walking/biking lanes protected by the barrier. Two of the three 12 foot travel lanes would be used for eastbound travel, avoiding additional backup toward US1 (i.e. the current travel pattern). The third 12 foot travel lane would be for west bound off island travel going to two lanes at Indian River Drive.
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Anonymous
If it’s not broke don’t fix it. In the future we will see more traffic. The need for 4 lanes was decided and a lot of money was spent to make sure the flow of traffic would be taken care of for the safety of the community.
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Guillermo Ruben Gonzalez
Absolutely unnecessary
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Laura Hill
I support this project
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Anonymous
Anything to slow traffic down at this point would be an improvement! Would love to see some noise abatement as well! Modified pipes blasting our ears is ridiculous!
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Anonymous
This is really dumb. Why not have one side for pedestrians and other side for pedestrians. Congestion during busy times esp with the upcoming frequent train traffic will lead to major backups discouraging island enterprise.
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vern meyer
i am here daily it is not reasonable for several reason, bike lanes in high velocity zones gets people killed especially in these days of distracted drivers the area is congested now on weekends and special events it is terrible this will only add to congestion people are mean and the congestion will only add to the aggressive drivers Finally there are not enough bicyclist to warrant the change to the amount of drives like other said walk your bike across the bridge then have at it it is wide open save the money for more important projects truly
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R. C. Crotty
Traffic over the bridge is already utilizing both lanes to a significantly high capacity. Public safety in times of emergencies will require both lanes each way be available for emergency vehicles. A suggestion would be make one of the pedestrian walkways a bike way.
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Donna Naglreiter
This change should stop merging of the right lane which creates drivers to speed to get in the one lane. It is much safer for the bikers too. The Stuart & Jensen Beach bridges have this configuration and it works.
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Anonymous
a guard rail is needed between the travel lanes, the speed limit should be lowered but maybe the 2 travel lanes will slow down speeders, and I encourage DWI checkpoints
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Rick Virgin
This proposal is insane. Reducing the lanes on the bridge will back traffic all the way out to US 1. The 4 lanes of traffic back up the length of the bridge now. Reducing them to 2 lanes doubles that. Where will the traffic merge to 1 lane? This is a recipe for disaster and will undoubtedly open the county up for numerous law suits. Businesses will suffer. Accidents will become more frequent. Voters will replace all members of the council who approve it.
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Matt Nielsen
Great idea! All options to add bike lanes makes our roads safer for all as bicycle use is rapidly increasing.
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Anonymous
Today I sat in a line from near top of bridge to the circle. Thankfully some cars that wanted to turn right to the music festival were able to use the other lane. Also as I sat & waited, I did not see one bicycle anywhere. It is ridiculous to change back to 1 car lane. I’m glad people are riding bikes & I do too but it will cause more accidents as I’m sure those speeding will be using the bike lane to pass slower drivers. Thank you
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Anonymous
How will this change cause more accidents?
Anonymous
I never walk or bike the bridge, but I do drive over it and the 4 lanes have become nothing more than a speedway with dangerous merging at the bottom. I fully support this plan.
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Kathleen M Armstrong
Foolish to even THINK about bridge bike lanes. A hand full of bikes a day do NOT need their own lane on the bridge. They can walk their bikes on the pedestrian walk or ride if not impeding walkers. DUMB! DUMB! DUMB! IDEA!!!!!! We have enough backup without reducing lanes. It would be a nightmare for fire/police. When the marina/waste water site is developed the additional traffic would make access impossible with reduced lanes on the bridge. HOW did this plan see the light of day??? Where is Kori Benton???
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Anonymous
That is rediculous, 4 lanes isn't enough for all the traffic & you want to reduce it for a handful of bicycles that may occassionally cross the bridge. Just make the side a walkway for pedestrians & the other side for bicycles only.
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Anonymous
The bridge handles alot of traffic. Especially during season. This proposal is absolutely not needed and would hurt the majority of people traveling over the bridge to please a very small minority
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Mary-Beth
Ok, call me crazy, but why not just make the current walking/bike lanes one way And add cross walk lights to the east and west sides of the bridge? If the bridge is reduced to two lanes, US1 will be a blocked up nightmare during season for car traffic if reduced to two lanes on the east side of the bridge.
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Anonymous
Are you CRAZY?
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Blades Robinson
I would be more supportive if the proposal allowed for two lanes of traffic westbound and one lane eastbound (eliminating the bottle neck). The ultimate solution is to decrease the volume of traffic on the Ft Pierce South Bridge. This could be accomplished with a bridge being constructed across the Indian River Lagoon at the east end of Midway Road. This would take all of the FP&L traffic and most of the residential high rise traffic south of the power plant off of the Ft Pierce South Bridge and greatly enhance traffic flow in the region and shorten commutes through the area.
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Gil Black
This is the best idea I have heard so far. There really does need to be another bridge to the causeway between Fort Pierce and Jensen Beach. Midway would be the best location for it.
Anonymous
the problem there is the new "Causeway Cove Marina", and with all of the events they are putting on, a single lane Eastbound ends up with a huge back-up. The right hand lane going East is where cars must turn to get into the events.
Patricia Lehman
I believe this would create heavy traffic congestion on the bridge and getting on and off the island extremely slow.
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Soth Beach Resident
We have been through this before, and my observation would be to make 1 lane entering the island and 2 lanes leaving the island. If you drive off and on the beach enough times you would see that this would work as a traffic pattern. with that being said the bike lane needs to have concrete barriers in place for safety.
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Carla Donaldson
I do not believe the amount of foot or bicycle traffic warrants taking away lanes for driving. With the addition of the shopping plaza at the round about at Seaway/Harbor Isle traffic will backup from the round about over the bridge. During the season the traffic has been so heavy coming over the bridge it can take 20 minutes or more to get through the round about. Also the majority of drivers I have seen in Ft. Pierce have no respect for emergency vehicles and do not allow them passage. To take away lanes is simply asking that these vehicles be stopped by normal traffic and prevent people from reaching emergency care. Also, the speed at which drivers travel the bridge is high. To take away a lane and back up traffic will only lead to frustration, accidents and road rage.
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Anonymous
This plan will cause greater traffic problems. Bikes can be walked across the bridge, or make 1 side for pedestrians and the other for bikes.
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Anonymous
The traffic heading east sometimes backs up over the crest of the bridge due to the four lanes going into two. I feel this would cause a backup onto Route 1. Bicyclists can walk their bikes over the bridge in the existing walkway. If this doesn’t suit them than don’t go over the bridge. The change seems to be more of a hazard and waste of taxpayers money.
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Keith Ullrich
I believe that adding a wider bike lane would be a bad idea. Reducing the four lanes to two would severely restrict traffic flow. Whenever there is an event that draws people on and off the island we NEED four lanes going over the bridge. there has been times that traffic has been backed up from the bridge to the traffic circle by Chucks and I couldn't imagine what it would be like if we only had one lane each way! I'm sure an engineer could design an extension from the current walkway to accommodate a bike lane.
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David Coleman
The wider the bike lanes the better.
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Sarah Brink
I think this is a great idea and would personally use the bike lane on a regular basis.
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Anonymous
Worst idea
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Anonymous
I beleive it will create more traffic. There are more cars traveling than bike riders
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George Marcinko
Has anyone there checked the midday Sat. traffic when the farmers market closes? It's bumper to to bumper from the roundabout at HI to the top of the bridge. This would extend it to the middle of town all for a couple of bikes, you have got to be kidding me. Doing this is a burden to hundreds of motorist to make a couple of bikers happy. A very poor choice in my mind. Then add in the traffic during everyday use of the road. This idea is a disaster in the making.
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Gene Zweben
Bicycle lanes should be added to all roads!
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Anonymous
YES
Connie Smith
We live at Harbour Isle full time. Recently moved up from Stuart. Having traveled the Jensen Beach and Stuart causeway bridges many times, I never encountered traffic backups on either 2 lane bridge. I find our South Beach causeway bridge very narrow and dangerous. I agree that it should be changed to two lanes with the addition to a bike/emergency lane.
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Anonymous
Traffic is already a problem in season. With planned development on causeway the situation could become nightmare. And less safe for everyone.
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Dennis Nigrelli
We need to concentrate on Vehicle traffic and safety. All resources should be concentrated on the safe flow of vehicle traffic and safety. I live at Harbour Isles and as much as I love the amenities of the Island I believe safety should come first.I think the Traffic circle as great as it is on normal days is another problem on weekends,holidays and when Causeway cove marina has events. The bottleneck that is caused creates not only a traffic nightmare but also a safety hazard I am sorry to say since it works great on slow days. We also need much more police presence to regulate traffic and coordinate when accidents happen.
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Judy Shaw
Anywhere that the roads are being improved should include cycle lanes it just makes so much sense
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Todd Masters
STUPIDEST IDEA EVER !!! Everyone else in Florida is expanding roads to accommodate growing population, and you want to take a step BACKWARDS??? What if there's a sudden emergency at nuclear plant, do the Feds even know about this asinine plan ???? All over a couple bicyclists....give me a break. NOOO !!!!
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PH
Traffic on the bridge is backed up already!
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A. MacDonald
This is quite a simple no brainer. How many hundreds and sometimes thousands of cars a day go over the bridge as oppose to how many bicycles. It is a bad idea.
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Anonymous
Good point even if you go forward with this idea Ill bet most bicyclist will be afraid to use the bicycle lane and will continue to use the protected sidewalks. This idea needs to be trashed its crazy.
Anonymous
It is likely there are so few bicyclist because there isnt a designated bike lane.
Dave Dunlavy
Great idea as bridge lanes neck down to one any way.
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Richard Myers
As a South Beach property owner and avid cyclist I am in support for the addition of bicycle lanes to the SR-A1A S. Causeway Bridge. Currently there is no safe bike lane. The bridge is not configured to the standards of the two other bridges providing access to our island. Bicycles are required to use a vehicle lane or the walkway, neither of which is safe for the cyclist or the walkers. This bridge is an important part of Adventure Cycling’s Atlantic Coast Route and is designated as “Official U.S. Bicycle Route 1” by the State of Florida. Hundreds of domestic and international touring cyclists cross this bridge every year. With your reconfigured design, both bicycles and vehicles will be able to safely share this important public asset.
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Michelle Walla
There really is NOT that much bicycle traffic at ANY given time of the year. Also concerned that the traffic backup will now occur on the east side of the bridge around the traffic light (impacting all intersection traffic) vice traffic logjamming now usually after you crest the bridge coming onto the island (which does not really affect east bound drivers).
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Anonymous
As the old adage goes: "If you build it they will come.". And they come in Jenson and Stuart. They don't in Fort Pierce because only a fool would tempt his/her life trying to cross this bridge. And that starts with the use of the pedestrian lane, which is too narrow, too rough, and places cyclist too high above the guard rail for comfort and safety. Adding bike Lanes to bridge will have zero impact on traffic. Period. That's not my opinion, it's the opinion of the FDOT.
Anonymous
As a full time resident who frequently walks the bridge and uses the bridge daily, I do not support this project. Traffic management is necessary. I encounter a bicycle one in ten times I walk. It would be interesting to collect useful data. Put the money toward and build another bridge to really solve our current issues.
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Donald W Griffith
Why would you try to restrict the vehicle traffic down to a bottle neck to appease weekend bikers? I do NOT support this plan.
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Jerry Brown
This will save lives, encourage a more healthy active community and promote increased property values by having a more beach resort like feel without causing traffic issues since this project will match the number of lanes on either side of the bridge.
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Anonymous
The traffic on the bridge already get congested from time to time so I believe this would be a terrible idea. The bikers can use the existing walkway as it is.
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Jerry Groendyke
Most traffic heading east already uses the left lane because they know right lane ends. Westbound traffic already is single file so it won't affect them either.
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Richard Appen
The 2 lanes headed to the beach go down to 1 anyway; The current settup is unsafe for both pedestrians and cars. Ft Pierce is growing up and needs to adjust to a more people friendly environment. In a short span of time I have see the Harbor Isle entrance marqui destroyed by drunks driving over that bridge way too fast. It currently is in pieces from another event. Slow the road down and bring it to 1 lane either way.
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Loraine Thompson
I believe the people who live in Ft. Pierce on S. Hutchinson Island and who have to fight the vehicular traffic getting on and off the island absolutely do not want the 4-land bridge narrowed to 2. Your committee has floated this project before and I don't quite understand why it has resurfaced. I oppose the concept of a 2-lane bridge. Leave it a it is.
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Anonymous
Totally NOT Needed! Makes no sense to change bridge from 4 lane to two lane . Bikers, like myself, can currently go over the bridge with little problem.
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Scott Jones
The bridge is less than 3/4 of a mile long, while Seaway Dr/A1A stretches for miles as a two-lane road. This will not seriously impact congestion but it will slow down the numerous cars that feel the need to drive well over the speed limit on this bridge. It is not safe for pedestrians and cyclists! Please move forward with this project.
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Mike
Heart in good place, this concept only addresses cyclists needs. Have seen several other potential good ideas that won’t impact traffic and should improve pedestrians experience while taking care of cyclists. The current proposal, to quote a old saying “that dog don’t hunt” go back to the drawing board!
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Karin Jones
I've traveled over this bridge several times a day for over 13 years, four lanes mean one thing: cars go faster than they should. We've all seen people driving like maniacs on this bridge- its not safe. Add the bike lanes, slow it down, enjoy Florida!
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Dirk Ackermann
I live 9 months of the year at Harbour Isle and I am a passionate bicycle rider. Going over the Causeway Bridge is always a dangerous and a frightening experience. Though the speed limit is 35, vehicles are still driving at top speed to merge into the other lanes. Case in point, the Harbour Isle entry sign has been destroyed three times due to high speed and total disregard of the speed limit and merge notifications. This is a high bridge and can have strong winds, and can be especially dangerous to cyclists and pedestrians alike. The Jensen and Stuart causeways are much safer, as I cycle with my bike groups on all three. Make this happen for the safety and joy of experience the causeway views, thereby giving Fort Pierce another positive instead of fighting another negative.
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Tim McDonald
It seems to me that anyone in favor of this is turning a blind eye to traffic concerns. Multiple times during the season, both eastbound lanes are stopped on that bridge from end to end already. It's hard to imagine half of those cars lined up down route 1. This problem will continue to get worse as it is. Currently, cyclists and walkers can traverse the bridge, protected by the barriers. This proposal is beyond bad and will create a far more dangerous condition that what we have now.
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CF
Getting on and off S. Hutchinson Island is already a nightmare during season. Traffic already gets too backed up as it is, mostly due to the fact that a great number of people can’t seem to properly navigate the traffic circles, either stopping before entering when there is no traffic instead of yielding, or worse stopping inside the traffic circle. This leads to traffic being backed up all the way up the bridge and reducing the number of traffic lanes will compound the problem. I do however believe the bridge can still be improved for bike riders and pedestrians by adjusting the existing infrastructure. The pedestrian paths on both sides of the bridge should be marked to either be one directional or one side for walking and the other side for bikes only. If they are marked to be a single direction they should be split in a walk lane and a bike lane. If they are marked for single use, they should be marked with direction lanes. All of this should be done on the other side of the existing barriers. Pedestrians and bicyclists should ABSOLUTELY remain separated from vehicle traffic by the concrete barricades. The existing guard rails should be raised high enough to prevent a bicyclist from going over the side if they fall off their bike. The barriers can also probably be moved to widen the pedestrian paths by a foot to make them better for bikes even if it lessens the with of each traffic lane by half a foot since the speed limit is 35mph anyway. People tend to drive slower when they believe they have less room and faster when the lanes look wide and safe. I think all the problems with the bridge can be solved at once without causing a bigger problem, and that should be the way it’s handled. If you fix something and it creates another problem then you really didn’t fix anything.
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Jane Deane & Malcolm Rowand
Everything Terri Leoni spoke about in her letter should be thought about seriously. If the powers that be can't see the problem of this project, THEY ARE THE PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!
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Judy Dechene
I lived on Binney Dr from 2006 until 2018. I think is a great improvement. It will slow down traffic coming onto the island and that is a necessity. I don't believe it will have any impact on evacuation if necessary but will be an improvement to the current speeding situation on the island. Also never understood why it went to 4 lanes over the bridge to just go back to 2 lanes at the bottom of the bridge.
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Anonymous
All four lanes are needed for vehicle traffic. Why not use one of the pedestrian lanes for bicycles and keep the other for pedestrian traffic?
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Herman L Wilson
The proposed change to the lanes would create amass traffic backup getting on and off the Island, rhere is already very heavy traffic during holidays, weekends and when "snowbirds" are here. There is not that much bicyle traffic to warrant such a change. Once or twice a year they have a bicyle marathon , and they close off the outside lane, which seems to work well without making permanent lane changes.
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Anonymous
I would not call this idea an improvement at all. A disaster for all of us living on Hutchison Island would be better description. If we need a bike lane which I'm not sure is necessary, then I suggest two way foot traffic designated for one of the pedestrian lanes and two way bicycle traffic be designated for the other pedestrian walk way, leave motor vehicle access to the island alone! Traffic backs up on the bridge as it is now.
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Anonymous
I do not think any changes should be made. Bicyclists can surely slow down and share the lane they have with pedestrians.
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JOSEPH LAMBERT
Traffic would be a nightmare. Property values & taxes will suffer as a result.
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Anonymous
There is to much traffic with two lanes on both sides now, taking away. Car lines would be TRAGIC !!!
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Anonymous
I'm a newcomer only lived here 15 years. I lived on beachside for the first 10 years ~ never saw more than 10 bicycles in all that time cross the bridge, which I crossed many times a day. Currently living on west side of town and still have not seen an increase in bicycle traffic. The idea of narrowing the automobile traffic will really cause a backup, especially on week ends. So few Bicycles, so many cars.
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Anonymous
I am a full time resident of Harbour Isle. On any given Saturday or Sunday afternoon, the traffic is completely blocked in both lanes heading east. What will happen if there is only one lane heading east over the bridge. I believe the traffic would be backed up onto U.S. 1. Can the bicyclers not walk their bikes over the bridge and resume riding when they get off? I firmly oppose this project.
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Betty Jo Starke
No sense in spending money to make a few people happy while bottlenecking traffic. Fix our streets and potholes first. Pound foolish thinking instead of penny wise. So when it rains, when it is cold, when the knees and legs are sore, when you are coming home with groceries you have to bottle neck traffic for a few influential folks so they can take the bridge fast. Priorities. We are a heavy senior community. All the safety features we have implemented thus far we will rip out and tie up traffic for, just doesn't make sense. It amazes me what our institutions of higher learning are churning out with their cookie cutter thought process. They have thought of everything but logic and analytical thinking.
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Anonymous
I rarely see cyclists, I don’t see the need. Traffic is heavy enough the way it is now, line ups would create more havoc.
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Connor james voehl
I grew up here and have watched many things happen on that bridge and as a boat owner I’ve slid more than once trying to brake goin down when it’s wet . If we turn it into one lane we aren’t just affecting traffic flow , we are creating traffic back up with dangerous consequences!! Please y’all keep my bridge the same safe bridge it’s been for all us !
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Michael MacLeod
I cycle in St. Lucie County and Martin County 5 days a week. I travel over the Stuart, Jensen Beach and Fort Pierce Causeways on a weekly basis on my bicycle. The Fort Pierce Causeway was not configured to the current standards of the Jensen Beach and Stuart Causeways and there is no safe bike lane. Bikes are required to use a vehicle lane (not safe for the cyclist) or the walkway (not safe for the walkers/runners). The number of lanes across the bridge (2 in each direction) in not consistent with the A1A roadway East of the bridge which narrows to 1 lane each way prior to the traffic circle east of the bridge. To the west of the bridge, the road ends at US-1 and has intersections where motorists turn off on Indian River drive or go N/S on US-1 so the overall flow of traffic is not impacted by the proposed change. Re-configuring of the lanes without changes to physical barriers does not impact the ability of emergency response vehicles to respond East or West of the bridge. The proposed changes will bring the bridge into conformance with current safety standards for all modes of transportation, without impact to vehicle traffic flow due to the restrictions already imposed by the surrounding thoroughfares.
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Anonymous
Horrible idea. Automobile traffic will queue dangerously causing issues at the intersection of US 1 and seaway drive.
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Anonymous
I support this project
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Gonzalo H
This is a terrible idea. Traffic is already bad enough on the weekends and while season. For everybody that HAS to go to work and doesn’t want to get stuck in the bridge this idea SUCKS. I bet it’s a great idea for the snowbirds or people that don’t call this a permanent home. It’s not only dangerous but a waste of our tax payers dollars. How about fixing the Taylor creek little bridge first heading towards north island before going and wasting money to please a small percentage of people who don’t even live and work here year round. This a BIG NO. Want to bike around great but don’t make life harder for everybody else for your leisure. Plenty of other places to bike around In. Cmon you guys can’t be serious with this. They will all be gone in 1 month anyways and we will stuck in the traffic starring at the dumb bike lane !!!
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Anonymous
If this will slow vehicles down I'm all for it. Those complaining so much should walk the bridge a few times at different times of the day! There is a major speeding problem on the island n that needs to be addressed as well by city officials. MO
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Anonymous
This will create a more dangerous environment and bottleneck trafic with backups into town.
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MIchael Hucks
This is a terrible idea. Reducing the travel lanes for vehicle traffic will cause a backup of traffic that will start from the intersection of Indian River Road and Seaway Drive. Anyone who travels Seaway Drive during the season in particular and on weekend sunny days at all times of the year has experienced the backup from the roundabout at Chucks Seafood that often extends from both eastbound travel lanes across the bridge. Where do you think that traffic will go if you further restrict the travel lanes? While I understand the desire to add bicycle lanes to Seaway drive across the bridge, this will not work. As a full time resident, I do not support this project.
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Steven A Brigance
Dumbest idea I have heard since we moved to SLC ; years ago. A solution in search of a problem, which will create huge new problems of congestion and less safety (for example in the case of emergency evacuation orders, as with a hurricane, with a 2-lane instead of a 4-lane bridge when bicycles are no where to be found. Will create a mess and solve nothing. Know that local agencies routinely ignore popular opinions time and time again but for the sake of all residents of south beach and their visitors, please do not proceed with this unnecessary and unwanted (not to even mention, undoubtedly, expensive) project.
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Michael
The problem is the bridge is not safe for bicycle traffic in its current configuration.
Rich Romanski
The auto traffic will be severely impacted and the bike lanes would be almost totally under utilized. Perhaps a warning system restricting cars from right lanes or having traffic slow while in use by a bicyclist.
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Karen Vaughn
I think it is dangerous now. Cars tend to get in the right lanes to pass traffic that is going at the speed limit.
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Anonymous
I don’t believe preference should be given to bicyclists over drivers. When did bicycles start taking over roads and highways that were built for cars?‼️ That is ridiculous and shouldn’t happen. Every lane is needed for cars especially during the season. Every year gets busier with more and more snowbirds, tourists and fishermen coming to this area particularly the island where I live. Traffic is becoming an issue and will only get worse over time. Percentage-wise, there are far many more cars on the road and bridge than there are bicycles. It isn’t logical to reduce the number of car lanes in order to give more to bicycles‼️ I am adamantly opposed to this‼️
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Anonymous
It's not giving cyclists more preference, it's giving them a place to ride. Currently, there is nowhere for them but the road, which is dangerous with all of the impatient drivers.
Cindy Wasserman DVM JD
Over the past several years, the City has allowed large restaurants to build at the jetty. Public parking facilities have been put in place. The jetty has been re-invented. There are other pre-existing establishments at the jetty. All of these things have been done by the City/County to make the area more inviting to non-island visitors. And now you have the brilliant idea to decrease the bridge lanes to 2. Are you out of your minds? Residents already suffer from traffic issues getting on and off the island...esp. on weekends. Please do not do this to us. Let the bicyclists who choose to traverse the bridge, do as they always do. I want to have a period of time of having the proposed closed lanes actually be closed. See what the actual traffic impact is before permanent changes are done. Also where is this money coming from? If from a federal grant, and you feel it just must be used, I'm sure that we can find a better way to spend the $...a project that will benefit the majority of residents and not just the 50 bicyclists who organized to attend the last meeting. Please provide us with the traffic impact studies that I assume you have already had completed.
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AL
We agree with C. Wasserman this is a bad proposal!!! We have Causeway Cove Marina and the Aquarium/ beach plus the entertainment areas growing. Heading east this at this intersection we need two turning lanes. Please do not restrict the flow. The city has encouraged this area to expand. Have you thought of speed bumps???
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JoAnn Tipton
Seriously, I do not believe that designated bike lanes on the south bridge is a necessity. Unfortunately, I think it a bit ridiculous to take a four lane bridge that is probably used by several thousand vehicles a day and cut the access to the island in half just for the convenience of a few cyclists. Traffic on and off the island in the last few years has gotten much heavier than in the past and with new developments in the works will only become more congested. Again, I do not support this project in any way shape or form. Thank you for asking.
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Steve
I can think of 100 improvements in the Fort Pierce area that should be ahead of this bridge matter. Please don't waste time and taxpayer money on this.
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Robert Hall
Need more traffic lanes...not less. Incredibly bad idea.
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Steven
I agree 100%. We need more lanes for the bicycle traffic not FEWER. Let's reduce more of the government subsides for cars and use those funds to promote health and a cleaner environment
Richard Myers
As a South Beach property owner and avid cyclist I am in support for the addition of bicycle lanes to the SR-A1A S. Causeway Bridge. Currently there is no safe bike lane. The bridge is not configured to the standards of the two other bridges providing access to our island. Bicycles are required to use a vehicle lane or the walkway, neither of which is safe for the cyclist or the walkers. This bridge is an important part of Adventure Cycling’s Atlantic Coast Route and is designated as “Official U.S. Bicycle Route 1” by the State of Florida. Hundreds of domestic and international touring cyclists cross this bridge every year. With your reconfigured design, both bicycles and vehicles will be able to safely share this important public asset.
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Anonymous
I feel it will cause a lot more accidents and become more dangerous.
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Anonymous
Dumbest thing. In season traffic to the island back up way over the bridge
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Cheryl Brush
I have lived here since 1960...Growing up on S. Hutchinson Island. I’ve been working as a Realtorvon S. Hutchinson Island dice 2001. This project makes no sense whatsoever...it would be extremely dangerous to all drivers, walkers & bikers...Not onlyvsould ttaffuce be backed up for miles during Season, the risk of head on crashes would greatly increase notvto mention the risk of bikers being hit. Please don’t do this to our beautiful piece of Paradise & to the people who love this city.
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Anonymous
To dangerous traffic backs up already!
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Steven
I agree that it is too dangerous right now-that is why adding bike lanes would help make it safer. Since bicycle riders are part of traffic, let's get them moving safely across so that motor vehicles can move faster and not be slowed down by the cyclists mixed in with the car drivers.
Anonymous
Y’all are crazy to ever consider this. Make one side for bikes and the other for pedestrians
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Linda Pardo
It’s a problem for bycilicis but it will create havoc going through the bridge.
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Margaret Murphy
Even though I don't live on South Beach I drove over to the South Beach for work purposes (real estate) 4-5 times a week. The rotary circle has caused a big back up of traffic during the winter season. I believe cutting driving lanes from 4 lanes to 2 lanes is going to be a driving nightmare causing more and longer backups at the rotary circle. Also going through the construction required to make the bridge a 2-lane bridge with a bicycle path would be a nightmare. Leave the lanes as they are. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Where is the barrier between east and west lanes? This does not support the 10 year growth plan
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Richard Myers
As a South Beach property owner and avid cyclist I am in support for the addition of bicycle lanes to the SR-A1A S. Causeway Bridge. Currently there is no safe bike lane. The bridge is not configured to the standards of the two other bridges providing access to our island. Bicycles are required to use a vehicle lane or the walkway, neither of which is safe for the cyclist or the walkers. This bridge is an important part of Adventure Cycling’s Atlantic Coast Route and is designated as “Official U.S. Bicycle Route 1” by the State of Florida. Hundreds of domestic and international touring cyclists cross this bridge every year. With your reconfigured design, both bicycles and vehicles will be able to safely share this important public asset.
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Della Morris
Please, please, please make this bridge more safe. A single lane each way will slow traffic. I understand that seasonal backups will occur, but we need this bridge to be safer for motorists, walkers and cyclists. Too many fatalities have already occurred. Vehicles moving at excessive speeds, including police vehicles and overserved drivers, have created a nightmare for me when I walk or cycle across the bridge. Our wall signage at Harbour Isle has been hit several times. It is time to make our safety a priority. Respectfully submitted.
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Daniel and Colette Simcox
Please don't do it. It is a waste of taxpayers funds.
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Steven
I agree. Continuing to spend tax payer dollars for subsides for cars only is a waste of tax dollars. Make the bridge accessible to all and safe or just ban cars completely from using it since they are driven by people that are deadly to others.
Tony Martinez
When municipalities are adding lanes to handle increased traffic, it is not a good idea to decrease the number of lanes on this bridge. It will lead to increased traffic delays and backups impacting localities on both ends of the bridge. With planned improvements for this area, this will be detrimental to the businesses expansion in this area. While the safety of bikers and walkers is certainly a consideration, this project would neglect the need to maintain an acceptable flow of traffic in this highly traveled route.
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Anonymous
Many drivers drive below the speed limit on bridge requiring one to go around them. This would create massive traffic congestion which is at times already a problem going east to west from Fort Pierce to the beach. At times the 2 east going lanes are backed up all the way to Indian River Dr. Spend the money fixing the poor roads Fort Pierce has already in many places.
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Frederick Brian
It is a great idea and needed
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Anonymous
To whom it may concern; As a homeowner in the island and an avid cyclist, I do not support this project. This is just another way of the wave of entitlement rushing through America. This so called “project” will make the ingress and regress out of an island worse than what already is. The island is quickly developing into a great tourist spot year round and this will definitely hurt vehicular traffic. I purchased a property last year to avoid all these specialty traffic lanes south of there and here we go. Bicycles are welcome but aren't bicycles considered vehicles, therefore the existing lanes could and should be used by all cyclist. So let’s close two lanes of traffic 24 hrs. a day when cyclist usually ride between 0600 and 1000, really? I do not agree that vehicular traffic should be punished for somebody that feels that they are being hindered 10 minutes of their lives as they climb a bridge on their bike. If you want to call this a “project,” how come I do not see a bridge expansion plan? Please stop and reconsider these self-centered ideas. Thank you!
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Anonymous
It would be better to make one of the walkways for pedestrians and the other one for cyclists Bridge traffic too heavy esp on weekends and in season now to go backwards to 2 lanes
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Anonymous
Dont fix what isnt broken. Waste of money. The bicycles can use the traffic lanes and obery the laws of the road. Vehicle traffic is way more important. The amount of bike traffic can not be anywhere near what vehicle traffic is.
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Anonymous
It's already hard to run a buisness on the south island. The island is growing, why would you even consider choking traffic which is terrible around the bridge. Sightseers are already a traffic hazard, 2 lanes keep things moving safely over the bridge. There are myriads of other safe cycling areas. Last I checked bicyclist shared no taxes contribute to road improvements and maintenance either!
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Scott Jones
I take issue with the notion that bicyclists don't pay taxes for road improvements. Many people that own cars ALSO ride bikes, many of them own property, many of them make purchases locally, eat in restaurants, pay federal income taxes, etc. At the end of the day, roadways are for everyone.
Judy
All we need is to raise the outside rail higher to make bikers and walkers safer. One lane each way will be a traffic nightmare
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Anonymous
If a car has break down and I have seen it, you can help The bikes can go over now
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Anonymous
Would create massive traffic backups
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Bob H.
Seaway Drive is 2 lanes anyway, reducing the traffic lanes on the bridge won't matter and will make the bridge safer for everyone. This needs to happen!
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EJ
YES, YES, YES
Anonymous
I'm disappointed in reading many of the responses. Everyone is worried about me me me, and saving a few seconds getting over the bridge. SAFETY for ALL MODES of transportation is the real issue here. There is a simple solution to make that happen. We can either do it now, or heaven forbid do it in response to a fatal tragedy on the bridge. Is saving a few seconds really worth the cost? What is going to be the outfall when no action is taken and someone is injured or worse killed, and we had the opportunity to prevent it.
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Jody Molosky
Why not make the north bike/pedestrian walk way go east bound only...and the south bike/pedestrian walk way go west bound only. I see you have been tracking the vehicles by the rail road tracks. What about tracking the number of bikes? Reducing 4 lanes to 2 is like all of us going from automobiles to horse and buggies again. This is 2019 not 1920's. Stop wasting time and money~!!
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Anonymous
Anything to alleviate traffic.
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Barbara Richardson
Traffic often backed up. Adding bike lanes will cause potential injuries as cars and trucks trying to pass. First responders need rapid access as do police to Soith Beach.
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Scott Jones
If the DOT built this bridge today, they would look at the 15 years of traffic data and recognize that TWO lanes are all that are necessary. SR A1A will never be a four lane road and doesn't need a four lane bridge to feed it.
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Anonymous
The current configuration is not car friendly. The two lanes must merge on the island which is a cause for traffic to back up when the bridge is busy. When the bridge has a low traffic volume, the current design results in a lot of speeding. The addition of protected bicycle lanes / emergency vehicle lanes would be a benefit in developing a safe environmentally positive way to get to the island and the beach. This is a good idea for all stakeholders.
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Anonymous
YES, YES, YES
Anonymous
I prefer the lanes left the way they are. I live on the island and the bridge traffic is already terrible on weekends and winter season. I believe traffic will back up even more with 2 lanes for cars. Bikers can walk their bike over the bridge.
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Anonymous
Traffic over the bridge is already a mess!!! Please please do not down size to two lanes. It will make traffic a nightmare for full time residents!
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Anonymous
The time frames both leaving and entering the island will increase substantially during the winter months if reduced to one lane each way.
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Elisabeth Newman
I feel this would be a huge mistake . Two lanes are necessary to accommodate current and future traffic needs seasonal and everyday traffic.
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Robert Sweeney
Prior to performing this project a accurate study of bike use and vehicle traffic should be performed. And if that study, performed with in at least 24 months of the project start, warrants the changes then provide that justification to the county residents. But as a person who works on the island and travels it at least 6 days a week there is no need to add bicycle lanes to the bridge. In fact bicycle lanes in the county are under utilized and as such should be discontinued from the county plan for the foreseeable future.
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Anonymous
Consider making one of the walking lanes a bicycle lane. It’s impossible to imagine the dangerous backup of traffic during the season between the bridge and US 1 if this proposal is approved.
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Chris Savino
Why not make three lanes not 2 and split the fourth lane ,half for each side. Now you have two lanes for eastbound traffic to ease railroad and traffic backup from the rt 1 light and it can be switched for two lanes west bound for evacuation routes
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Kevin Walker
I do not think this is needed.
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rick sciullo
As a full time island resident crossing the causeway daily, traffic has become very problematic particularly on weekends during the season. Causeway Cove events have added to that problem and as further development occurs it will only get worse. This proposed charge will simply exasperate the problem for but a couple of walkers and bikers. This fix is worse than the perceived problem. BAD IDEA!
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Mr. Mrs McCarty
Other than major congestion caused by removal of a traffic lane, it will pose an extreme safety hazard. Not only to the vehicle traffic, but to the pedestrians and bicyclists that is was designed to accommodate as well. Very dangerous Pat and Judy McCarty
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Lynsie
No bike lanes please it will create too much traffic
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Mya Bieder
I live in Martin County but I'm an avid cyclist whom frequently rides from Martin County up to Indian River County, and I often utilize this causeway bridge. These new changes would make it much safer for cyclists.
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Ann
Leave bridge 4 lanes fo cars. Re do the side lanes for bikes only on north side and pedestrain walkers only on south side.
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Anonymous
Bravo, a simple solution that would have a minimal cost , and have the same results without eliminating roughly 100 car spaces in e a house direction. Brilliant ????
Margaret
The bicyclist is doomed. I have also heard complaints from the walkers while walking my bike. I support the change to allow bicyclists to cross safely on the bridge.
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Barbara Beirao
I am a biker and also like to walk across the bridge. This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard. Back up traffic to allow a bike lane??? Walk your bike across. What happens when a train comes? What happen in season when there are several functions going on downtown?
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Joan Ruschak
I am the President of Seascape II condominium in Ocean Village. Our 58 owners do not support this project.
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Michael
I do not understand why this is being proposed. The bridge has been fine for years. I drive the bridge every day to and from work and I never see any bicycles on it. If they are on the bridge, the bicyclists are biking for leisure, not to and from work. The traffic is already horrendous every morning going off the island because people do not drive the posted speed limit, they drive 20mph sometimes. The bridge is the only spot where you can pass people that refuse to drive correctly. I DO NOT SUPPORT THIS WASTE OF MONEY PROJECT!!
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Nora
Terrible idea. Motor vehicles out number bicycles by far and this would only make for major backups.
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Anonymous
If its not broke dont fix it. The bridge has been this way for decades. Leave it alone.
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Anita Brennan
On Sunday, when I returned from shopping mid-afternoon, the traffic going on to the island was backed up almost all the way to the mainland side of the causeway. If there had been only one land open, it would have been all the way to Route 1. This is a major inconvenience for residents. I already have a 15 minute ride from Ocean Village to simply leave the island. In season, this happens every weekend and is made worse by all the festival traffic Ft Pierce has. The traffic circle is another major bottleneck. When the proposed shopping center is built just past the causeway, it will make things even worse. How are people going to make a left turn in all the traffic unless a light is installed almost directly in front of the circle. This will also cause more of a back up towards Route 1.
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Kelly Johnson
I am a Full time Martin County resident. I have been a cyclist for 50 years and that is one of the major reasons for my decision to retire to Florida. It seems as though I may have chosen the wrong part of the state. SE Florida is way behind the rest of Florida when it comes to bicycle safety. Lanes need to be added!
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Irene Szedlmayer
Long overdue accommodation of bicycles on the bridge. The fact that the plan will not preclude making all lanes westbound if necessary for an evacuation is an important feature.
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R K Norris
Traffic coming to and from the island has gotten far worse in the last five years. Limiting traffic to only two lanes would be a nightmare for the people who live here year round.
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Anonymous
This is a dangerous proposition in many ways. Both sides are currently used by pedestrians and bicyclist, protected by a concrete barrier. I have seen bicyclists and people using it quite well and coexisting. Another suggestion is designate one side for pedestrian use and the other side for bicycles. Keep the bridge 4 lanes to alleviate congestion that could spill over the train tracks and on to US1. Keep walkers and bicyclists safe behind those barriers that already exist.
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Mark DeRosa
I don't live on the island but it seems just about every time I go over to the island people are flying 50-55 mph over the bridge and waiting until the last second to merge. I don't see how reducing from 4 lanes to 2 for 1/2 mile of roadway that is all 2 lanes on the island is that big of a deal, especially if it improves safety all around.
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RICH TIMM
MIXING BIKERS AND WALKERS IS BAD ENOUGH. MIXING THE BIKERS WITH ANGRY VEHICLE DRIVERS IS GOING TO BE MUCH WORSE. LEAVE THE CURRENT FOUR LANE CONFIGURATION IN PLACE OR EXPAND THE PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS SLIGHTLY IF THE CURRENT BARRIERS CAN BE MOVED AT MINIMAL COST. THEN MAKE THE NON MOTOR VEHICLE LANES ONE WAY.
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Jason
As a resident of the island that travels the bridge multiple times daily. Traffic backup would frequently occur. Shocked to see a traffic plan call for reducing lanes over the bridge. Would be nice to see the results of a traffic study and what time of year it was performed. Bike lanes would be great but not at the expense of vehicle traffic. Increased bike lanes won’t reduce bridge traffic count. 14 miles to the next bridge means there are no alternate routes for traffic.
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Anonymous
100% support this project. This is a much needed improvement- the bridge is extremely dangerous bicyclists... as a result they ride on the sidewalk which is far too small to accommodate pedestrians and bikers.
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Linda Nelson
I feel that traffic is too heavy for a two lane bridge. I am also concerned with traffic backing up now every time there is a event at Causeway Cove Marina let alone "season" with all the snowbirds.
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Anonymous
I don’t support this change. The impact to traffic would be significant.
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Karin Jones
I've traveled over this bridge several times a day for over 13 years, four lanes mean one thing: cars go faster than they should. We've all seen people driving like maniacs on this bridge- its not safe. Add the bike lanes, slow it down, enjoy Florida!
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Kathie
There are not enough bicyclist to support this. I walk that bridge 3 times a week and when a bike rider is on the walkway, everyone is cordial. This would be a waste of money. Plus it's been very safe. Maybe instead make all phones HANDS FREE. Let's spend money where it can help all our roads and citizens. Also, I can not walk or ride bike in the summer heat, and I'm sure it's less during that time too.
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Kate
Bikers can walk their bikes up the sidewalk. There should be NO biking allowed on this bridge. They can drive their bikes over if they want to bike on the island.
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Steven
To follow this line of reasoning-the car drivers are too dangerous, they should have to push or carry their cars across the bridge if they wish to drive on the island. People's safety should come first not the government handouts to car owners.
Timothy Buck
Access to our home is already very difficult
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Beverly Craft
One walking lane could be given to bicycles and one to walkers.
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Anonymous
I do not support this project. There are other ways to accommodate bicyclists. Much study was done previously and money spent to improve the bridge as it is today. The increasing activities and restaurants etc. make the idea of decreasing driving lanes ludicrous.
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anne marie bode
I walk the bridge every morning for exercise.. I see some riding bikes, some walking bikes.. safer to walk bikes in my opinion. Driving a car over the crest of the bridge is driving into the great unknown.. Best to cantilever the bridge for bicycle traffic OR use existing walkways and designate one for walking/one for riding.. PS.. If one rides over the bridge in its current configuration, one small slip or sneeze could catapult rider over the side.. and that, my friends, is why it is best to WALK YOUR BICYCLE OVER THE BRIDGE!
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Chris Benjes
Current situation is unsafe. Riding in current car lanes or on narrow sidewalk are both dangerous. I would rather see the Jersey walls moved out to create a protected sidewalk and bike lane, but the proposal is better than nothing.
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Anonymous
Don't be "politically correct". Bad way to make decisions. When residents are at peak, the cars back up TO THE bridge on Seaway Drive to stop-and-go or 20 mph. Bikes DON'T back up - only cars. Never is the bikes traffic so great that it impedes travel. Cars are the problem - not bike traffic. CArs are increasing on the island ude to increasing building which will continue. Also, in the care all mandatory evacuations we need 2 LANES WESTBOUND to exit island -- for hurricanes AND POTENTIAL nuclear power plant disasters. How can you possibly be considering such a backwards decision? Two land bridges were 1930 style occurences. Stop wasting tax payer dolloars and then increases taxes for such lack of common sense decisions. A 12 year old would know better.
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Joe Strzykalski
Before investing all the money, why not do a trial run, lasting a certain period of time, where one lane each direction is temporarily closed. That would provide a look at the traffic consequences of this project.
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Bruce Raheb
If this change is allowed to happen, traffic will be backed up across the tracks and on to US-1. Traffic will also back up to the traffic circle in front of Harbour Isle and Chucks Restaurant. LEAVE IT THE WAY IT IS!
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RICHARD BENSON RABORN MD
Make Center line extra visible!
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Barry Partlo
Traffic is already difficult enough without restricting the number of lanes. It would seem more effort should be made to improve traffic flow on Seaway Drive before reducing the number of bridge lanes.
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Anonymous
I live in Surfside and do not approve of this project. Please find better use of our money. I think this will cause long term Problems. Thank you.
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Virginia Sullivan
The SR A1A South Causeway Bridge is part of the Adventure Cycling Association's mapped Atlantic Coast Bicycle Route. Cyclists from all over the world to travel between Bar Harbor Maine and Key West Florida using this route. Adding bike lanes and reducing the travel lanes in each direction will improve the safety of this important connection and will make the route much more enjoyable to the thousands of cyclists that visit the region by bicycle. We strongly encourage the St. Lucie TPO and City of Fort Pierce to provide this important transportation connection to the South Causeway Bridge as both a local active transportation option and an important accommodation that will insure the safety of traveling cyclists visiting the region. Adventure Cycling Association is a national non-profit bicycle organization that has over 47,000 mapped miles of bicycle routes and provides bicycle tours across North America. We have 53,000 members and our mission is to inspire, empower, and connect people to travel by bicycle. More: adventurecycling.org
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Patti Ireland
Virginia- while it is great that you are part of a bicycling association, the desires of your association to be able to swoop down on us while you pass through do NOT outweigh the actual needs of the community that actually LIVES on the island year-round.
Anonymous
The traffic is already backing up to US1 on the weekends, this reduction in traffic lanes would be horrific.
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George Puskar, M.D.
These lanes are ESSENTIAL for cyclist safety. I ride over this bridge often in my training rides from Vero to Jensen and while I am an expert cyclist I must constantly look over my shoulder and even take the whole right lane so that drivers don’t try to pass me in the right hand lane. With drivers texting and gazing at the water it is a matter of time before there is a fatality.
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Anonymous
YES, YES, YES
Elizabeth Reyda
It would be safer to drive with wider lanes. It makes no sense to merge coming onto the island. The Jenson Beach bridge is much better.
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Tom Reabold
Great Idea!! Do bikers have to die before someone thinks this is important? Maybe one lane onto the island and two lanes off the island. This is the only crossing in fifty miles without a bike lane, that is crazy. You have people trying to bike over the walking path, this is dangerous for everyone. Again great idea, long needed.
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Ron Gabriel
Cycling is dangerous enough since actually driving motor vehicles seems to be a part time job. It seems a cyclist fate is secondary to arriving at your destination a few minutes later than you had hoped. Show some compassion, make the South Bridges changes.
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Kristi
I think it's a bad idea. Traffic in our area is increasing every year and decreasing the travel lanes would make congestion even worse. I could also see drivers getting frustrated with slow moving traffic and use the bike lane for illegally passing on the right.
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Bruce Jay
Congested already... build the new north bridge this way
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Laura Crawford
The South Causeway Bridge is part of U.S. Bicycle Route 1, which is officially designated by Florida DOT and AASHTO as a priority route for bicycle travelers. As such, I'm commenting on behalf of all current and future bicycle travelers to encourage the addition of bike lanes on the bridge. Adding bike lanes signals that St Lucie TPO and the city of Fort Pierce support and encourage people to explore the region by bicycle. It also encourages extended stays and the resulting economic development via bike tourism. This is an opportunity to improve an existing state- and federally-designated bike route, and I encourage you to move forward with the addition of bike lanes to the South Causeway Bridge.
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Hugh Aaron
The proposed changes will make the bridge significantly safer for bicycle riders.
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Bryan W Cecchi
I come and go over this bridge almost every day and never see any bicycles. Waste of our money. 4 lanes makes sense.
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Keith
Given there are only two lanes on the causeway, the trade-off of stopped traffic storage on the bridge verse utility of providing safe bicycle lanes and reducing the speed and jockeying for merging at the bottom of the bridge, should easily justify this conversion. I fully support the proposal.
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Al Moskowitz
As the island continues to grow we are beginning to see a HUGE increase in the amount of traffic with access/egress to/from the island. With the addition of Square Grouper, Causeway Cove Marina, the planned shopping mall, etc, this is only going to get worse. The LAST thing we should be doing is considering further choking that traffic by reducing the number of lanes on the bridge. I agree that safety is a concern but I believe this can be handled in a much better way that reducing the number of lanes. There are more careless drivers on the south bridge than anywhere else in St. Lucie county. It is not atypical to see people routinely travelling in excess of 50 mph across that bridge, and if you are unlucky enough to find yourself in a position that impedes their "right" to speed, you run the risk of suffering a significant incident of "road rage". My suggestion would be to increase the police presence in monitoring the speed of cars across that bridge and triple the fines. THAT would be a huge safety improvement... Also, it would make MUCH more sense to increase the number of lanes on the island side of the bridge all the way down to the roundabout at Chuck's Seafood. It would give people more time to merge when entering the island. At some point in the future it would be nice to see more lanes added all the way to the beach. Thanks for your attention.
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Anonymous
All four lanes are needed for vehicle traffic. Why not use one of the pedestrian lanes for bicycles and keep the other for pedestrian traffic?
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James A Johnson Jr
Living on South Beach now for 2 years and have seen just today at 2:15 pm 2 bicyclists, on sidewalks on Seaway, one on each side of the road. There are bicycle lanes and yet they are not used as the traffic flies down Seaway and Binney. I live on Binney and Alhambra and witness daily traffic speeding over 59 mph in front of my home. I do agree that putting higher railings on the bridge is needed for safety for walkers and bicycles. Pedestrians and bicyclists need to co exist on the bridge. The tie up of traffic heading into the island would be horrendous during the weekends and the evenings. Then dealing with Virgin Train issues upcoming would again impede the traffic even more. The only times I have seen actual bicycle riders on the bridge riding, is once on the shoulder which was very scary for the bicyclist and myself. This area is not a yuppie area where all ride in packs like motorcycles. I moved here from Charleston to enjoy a quiet island which I am. There is an old saying that I still believe true. Don’t fix what isn’t broken. The real problem is the speeding. These funds need to allocated to installing speed humps to slow the traffic. With all the business here, restaurants and a new shopping complex being built please consider the impact of irate drivers vs happy bicyclists.
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CBA
This would be much safer for everyone - drivers, bikers, and emergency vehicles could actually get through to respond.
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Anonymous
I am a cyclist and for safety for all I would like to see these changes implemented
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Anonymous
Worst idea I've ever heard. Just spent over 20 minutes crossing the Jensen Beach bridge on Sunday afternoon to go back to the islands around 6 PM. Once this gets changed bicycles it will never go back and that's what will happen here.
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Anonymous
Terrible idea
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Anonymous
The bridge was built for automobile traffic and to evacuate the island in case of emergency such as power plant nuclear problem or storms. Why go backwards to a 2 lane concept. Bike users are few and far between. It works fine the way it is leave well enough alone. The trains will be the biggest problem concerning the bridge not bicycles.
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Anonymous
Decrease car lanes to allowable width and use that to make a bike lane on the south side and the same path on the north side for pedestrians. A thinner barrier could be used to obtain more space and raise railings they are to short now for safety.
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Anonymous
Traffic is already backed up on the bridge year round, if the county wants to improve flow and reduce emissions we need additional Lanes easy and south of the bridge to alleviate the congestion that exists. Adding the bike lanes to the bridge will be a disaster for all of us who live on the island!
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Allyson Mendez
I travel that bridge at least 5 x a week. Sometimes i am stopped on top if bridge in traffic. I am sorry but we dont need to reduce lanes or have bikes lanes . I will be at the next meeting. I hope you listen to the community on this. Thank you
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Michael WIlliams
Anything to slow the traffic down. I would add a barrier between the travel lanes to help avoid cars crossing into on coming traffic.
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Joshua Voss
Excellent idea! I support this as a potential amendment to the current proposed changes.
Linda Matthews
This will be great for cutting down on crazy speeders and confusion amongst tourists, while giving a safe alternative for cyclists and pedestrians. No reason for 2 lanes over the bridge when there is only 1 lane on Seaway and A1A.
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Anonymous
YES, YES, YES
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Cheryl Mccormick
As I posted in South Beach Nextdoor this week: "My husband and I, and several of our friends ride bicycle over the bridge nearly every day to go to the library, classes, hardware, doctor appointments, fitness center, market, city offices, museums, festivals, and special events, even at nighttime. Riding up that hill and staying focused on the narrow lane we share with pedestrians is keeping us young! More accurately, it is keeping us in the area. We feel fortunate to live in a town with bicycle access to so many natural areas and to all the businesses mentioned above. We certainly would appreciate a safer way to cross the bridge. It is a pleasure to take a break at the top of the bridge and enjoy the view too. A wider pedestrian path on the bridge would reduce some of the road traffic as I have been questioned by dozens of residents over the last 14 years who, when realize that I have come to town via bicycle, mention that they would do it too except that the path seems too narrow and scary. It is as they say."
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dawn atwood
I believe reducing the vehicle transportation lanes would lead to more traffic stopped on the bridge and could possibly back up across the railroad tracks and US1. This I believe would not only create traffic congestion but possibly more accidents. I think it would adhere emergency vehicles from getting to their destinations timely. If they used the bike lines they could possibly hit a biker. I also worry about exiting the island a weather related emergency such as a hurricane. Thank you for listening and your consideration
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Anonymous
Project would make travel on Causeway bridge much safer with cars not passing and going over the speed limit. Seems well through since bike lane can also be an emergency lane.
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Daniel Lee
It is Insanity to give up automobile, delivery truck, tourist traffic lanes that provide fast travel for efficient movement. Even now, there can be huge bottlenecks of traffic, to reduce the flow would make it worse...
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Sparrow
Thank you very much for trying to make the bridge safer for bikes and pedestrians. The entire Hutchinson Island is 2 lanes anyway so this would only calm traffic about a mile earlier east bound while making the area safer. Thank you !!!
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Terry Hill
This is awesome!! Don't let a handful of fuddy duds stop this. As much biking that goes on it will be wonderful to feel safe going over bridge. Only a mile of road which won't make a hill of beans difference with the traffic.
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Dr. Arnold Loew
During the months from November to May, traffic coming onto the island can back up to US1. With the coming of any high speed trains, this can become disasterous. Higher inflation the handrails for the safety of walkers and bikers, in my opinion is a better resolution.
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Anonymous
We need these bike lanes to encourage more people to bike, and make it safer to bike. Get out of your cars!
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Anonymous
Seriously??? Now I am expected to ride a bicycle, carrying my medical supplies to get to work? Think before you speak. Let the few bicyclists who think it is critically important for them to use the bridge, get off their bicycles and walk over the bridge.
Deanna Voehl
have been watching the posts about the proposed change to south bridge. Maybe I missed it, but has there been discussion on how a bicyclist is to get out of the way when a first responder needs to use the bicycle path? It is not safe to move to the car lane and many will struggle with getting their bike over the cement wall. My other concern is the lack of visibility over the top of the bridge. Years ago a woman in an old mail truck was hit from behind and killed because a driver going over the top of the bridge didn’t see her vehicle just over the top. A bike lane is a bike lane. A first responder lane is a first responder lane. The two should not mix. Thanks for listening
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Arthur Wood
I am strongly opposed to this suggestion. Bicycles can we walked over the bridge in the pedestrian lane. Cars are a far greater user, so they should get preference.
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Anonymous
Ethics isn’t a terrible idea
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R. Wolpert
1) if it is decided to go ahead, have one side for bikes and the other for pedestrians. Make the bike lane 1-2 feet wider. 2) why not try it for several months using cones to limit traffic to one lane in each direction to evaluate the traffic impact. Would be very minimal cost to get an accurate impact evaluation. If it works, make it permanent. If not, remove the cones and we’re back to the current condition.
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Terry English
Keep the four lanes. Traffic is terrible during season as it is.
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Anonymous
No bikes in the street at all - only behind a concrete barrier. Four lanes for cars - train that’s coming soon will create enough traffic back ups without causing a heavy merge area back to US 1 entering & leaving the island. Adding a bike lane to one side on the outside makes a lot of sense. Keep people driving, walking, bicycling separated & safe. Don’t diminish the auto area at all. Thank you.
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Patricia Thompson
Most drivers are driving above the posted speed limit. No police around. I feel there will be more bicycle deaths if you do this. Not a good idea.
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Marcia B Baker
If the "buffer" separating the bike path is low enough so that it COULD be used as a breakdown lane, AND if the 2 laning would eliminate the speeding passing on the bridge by cars, trucks and motorcycles AND if there would be better enforcement of speed limits on both the bridge and the roads on S Beach then it would provide a good solution for everyone.
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Candace Banack
I'm not sure that comparing the bridges in other communities is helpful unless you know that the traffic using them is similar. The situation with the proximity of the railroad crossing and high density traffic such as U.S.1 is certainly not. One of the bridges in Stuart does, in fact, have two lanes as it serves a high density of cars but narrows to one lane only after many vehicles are diverted to other residential areas. I agree with the idea which several people have purposed, that of organizing the pedestrian and bicycle traffic in a better way. I'd suggest having two lanes on one side of the roadway, divided with a line for ped/bike separation and definitely raising the guard rail. That is al!. We need 4 lanes definitely. There are bound to be pack-ups while merging and the bridge provides ample and safe space to do that.
IRENE MONIKA BAYER KALEY
Model it after BRIDGE IN Vero on rte.60 install center divided. 1 Bic lane and Pedestrian lane only. Install higher guard rails.
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Anonymous
This is NOT a good idea for those of us who have to commute several times a day back and forth the traffic during "season" is already at a standstill at times.....bikers can safely WALK their bikes across the bridge with no issues. I don't see why all the cars have to be inconvenienced for a handful of bikers! NO, NO, NO!!!
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Deborah Tabb
Preferably I would like to see bicycle lanes only for bicyclists, but for what is on the table, I support.
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Anonymous
Use one sidewalk side of bridge for pedestrians, the other side for biking (one on north side; one on south side). Traffic is too great in season to halve motor vehicle capacity. 2 lanes for motor vehicles is a nightmare for many to accommodate the few. If vehicles can wait and wait in massive backup, bikers can get off bikes and walk over bridge if necessary with oncoming bikers, surely a rarity
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Nicole
I walk this bridge frequently and have no issue moving aside for the few bicyclists. There is absolutely no need to make any changes.
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Anonymous
Adding bike lanes for a very, very VERY small minority at the expense of car lanes is just plain stupid. for one thing it will simply push weekend traffic congestion up on to US 1 and the railway crossing. And you must remember, soon we will have High speed rail service coming through the area. How can this make any sense at all?!?!?
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M jacoby
Regressive... comparison to Jensen Bridge not comparable A1A direct volume and proximity to FEC crossing and back ups will be difficult to manage on Federal Highway
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Bettie Marshall
As someone who uses this bridge every day, I think this is a terrible idea. First, the article in the paper erroneously stated that the road narrowed to two lanes on either end. It does not: four lanes feed off of US 1. Second, seasonal traffic would make Seaway Drive a parking lot for several months. Why not widen one side, by eliminating the other side and restripe. Another idea would be to limit one side to bike traffic and the other to foot. By the Way, has any agency made an official count of the number of cars that transverse the bridge as compared to the number of pedestrians and/bikers?
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Jason Moore
I think this is a very bad idea. Cutting down the travel lanes from 2 to 1 will force people to inadvertently cut into the “Designated Bike Lane to move around vehicles moving much slower, which is very common on this bridge given the elderly population and people with boats, jetskis, canoes, etc. Furthermore with increased traffic to the New Cove Marina due to multiple social events as well as the new harbor, this is only increasing traffic, not decreasing. Therefore I believe that it is unsafe to have a whole taken away as in my opinion, there should be more lanes added to the bridge however this is not feasible structurally speaking. Also as someone who uses this bridge EVERY DAY to get to and from work as well as run other errands, I do not feel that there is significant bicycle traffic warranting a separate lane. Perhaps this bike activity is increased on the weekend, however so is the traffic from multiple vehicles including cars and trucks. Lastly, I have not seen any problem with vehicles moving around bicyclists on the bridge already and I do not have a problem with law-enforcement designating the whole outside lane for special events as they already do. That is why I do not support the addition of a bike lane.
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Louis Patterelli
It would be nice to see Saint Lucie County embrace what has been proven to be an improvement in many other Florida Counties. Examples in Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Hillsburrogh, Pasco, Orange, Seminole to name a few that have adopted cycling as a legitimate recreational draw to their areas...we live in paradise for cycling opportunities. And hopefully improving safety for all the roadway users would be enough to make this a logical decision...
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Stephen Schultze
I think it is a great idea and is needed for safety reasons. I bike over the bridge all the time and the pickup trucks don't like bikes. Thanks for getting this done !!!!!! They like to "buzz" cyclist
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Frankie S.
I ride my bike as well as walk over the south causeway on the path next to the handrail.It is fine for walking. I have had some close calls on my bike, however. It can be very difficult sometimes due to pedestrians, wind, debris, etc. I have almost gone over the rail into the water below on a few occasions. That is a very unpleasant feeling. The result would probably be death. I strongly request that you put in the proposed bike lane away from the railing. Thank You
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William Gehring
Since travel funnels from 4 lanes to 2 lanes entering Hutchinson Island, reducing bridge lanes to 2 should have minimal impact. The bridge is extremely dangerous for bicyclers with current configuration. Hutchinson Island is a major bicycle destination and is good for residents and tourists.
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Barbara Pfister
I feel that the traffic is to heavy on the island already- I disagree with the traffic findings reported on the first meeting. First is that the meters used were place just after the railroad tracks- they should be placed on Indian river drive and the northwest corner of the bridge to get an accurate count. Secondly, with all the new proposals for adding new construction on the north end of seaway it will only increase the density thus adding more confusion (see the wall at Harbor Isle). And lastly, the Island will be as congested and cluttered as 95 to the Turnpike on Okeechobee Rd. I vote No.
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Joseph J Ghiotti
I have lived in South Beach since 2001 and I cross south bridge at least 20x per week both ways. My opinion is that traffic has been increasing every year, the bridge was under built on day1, and that the addition of Harbour Isles has exponentially increased traffic on the island. During snow bird season at lunch and at dinner hour, it is not unusual to see both eastbound lanes clogged from harbour isles circle to US1. Now changing to one lane will cause US1 and IRD to shut down. Emergency vehicles will certainly slow down, and possibly be stuck in some places. My guess is that 'road rage' incidents, accidents, and assaults will increase. Hurricane evacuation probably impacted as well. Bicycles can cross now. I do not recall a bicycle/car accident on the bridge since my arrival. There's less risk on south bridge than on Indian River Drive. There are more cars out here than bikes, and this proposal penalizes all island residents to benefit a lesser number of bicycles users. Thank You for listening. Joe Ghiotti
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Carolina Schaffer
This is conceptually a terrible idea. Development growth continues to increase on Hutchinson Island. Every year we are increasing the volume of permanent and part time residents. Reducing the bridge to two lanes is incredibly short sighted and not at all forward thinking. We have to think about the future of the island and what the infrastructure can support. I cannot even conceive that someone is thinking this is a good idea. My husband and I ride our bikes over that bridge routinely, we walk them if we have to. I do not understand what this issue is and how are even to this point. What is the total number of cyclists this affects, versus the number of residents and visitors affected by the narrowing of the vehicle lanes from four to two? I vehemently oppose this plan, it is an incredibly terrible idea. Please do not allow this to move forward. Thank you.
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Roberta Burbank
I think this would be a disaster with more bike riders injured and killed by non-attentive or impaired drivers.
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Woody
The traffic is bad enough as it is. Taking away lanes is just not productive.
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Liz Murray
Traffic already backs up starting from the roundabout at Chuck's and continuing until almost Indian River Drive. This project would back up traffic until US 1. I have heard comments that the Jensen Beach bridge has only two lanes, but that roundabout is larger with two lanes.
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Patricia Savino
I have seen traffic backed up from roundabout at Chuck’s many times during high season. At the same time I seeing light bike traffic, if any. I have also tried to get over the bridge from Jensen in the same season and have waited for 10-15 minutes from the traffic circle near the former Tony Roma’s to the traffic circle on A1A and that is what we will look forward to if the car lanes are reduced on South Bridge.
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John Golden
I am against taking away lanes. This will cause traffic backups and negatively impact the community.
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Betty Jo Starke
Fix the broken stuff. Don't fix the stuff that's working!
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Tammy Perry
I do not see a significant need for change at this time. Maybe in the future.
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Anonymous
A1A is a 2 lane road for over 20 miles, on the east side of the bridge, going all the way south, down to Stuart. This does not in anyway create a new bottleneck to traffic. It simply moves it slightly west, by the length of the bridge. But on the flip side, greatly increases safety for cyclists getting over the bridge. Without a doubt a net positive. Fully support this project.
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Anonymous
YES, YES, YES
Anonymous
Appreciate the need for additional lanes but the number of bicycles versus cars using the bridge does not in my opinion warrant the change. Congestion already exists from US1 to Seaway Drive especially during the season.
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Jenny Myers
please consider adding a concrete wall to divide the two travel lanes (right down the middle) to help prevent future collisions with oncoming traffic- such as the crash that killed Michael Sloan at the top of the bridge. I live on South Beach and Drive the bridge daily.
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Bill Bergman
Opposition to this project is being driven by the leadership of the South Beach Association who successfully killed a similar proposal a couple of years ago and undoubtedly will attempt to shout this proposal down at the public meeting. Let's take a step back and look at the facts. Except for the bridge, A1A is already one traffic lane in each direction the entire length of South Hutchison Island. When leaving the island, you approach the bridge from a single traffic lane that only widens to 2 lanes a hundred yards or so from the foot of the bridge. Making the bridge a single lane in this direction will have no effect on traffic other than preventing a few drivers in a hurry from passing you at 60 mph in the right hand lane. When approaching the island from US 1, 2 lanes of traffic are forced to merge into a single lane at the bottom of the bridge on the island side. Contrary to what many of the people posting comments would have you believe, the problem is not the new marina at the foot of the bridge. It is the roundabout in front of Harbour Isle and the fact that many drivers feel that they must come to a complete stop, instead of simply yielding, upon entering the roundabout. The roundabout is a bottleneck even when the traffic flow is low. Removing the roundabout would certainly improve traffic flow but no one in their right mind is suggesting this because prior to constructing the roundabout it was often impossible to get out of Harbour Isle. Let's address the group that the proposed lane changes would most benefit - bicyclists and pedestrians. Currently you have 2 choices when crossing the bridge on a bicycle, use a traffic lane or use the sidewalk. Using a traffic lane to cross the bridge by bike on a regular basis is a death wish. You wouldn't last a month. The sidewalk is already heavy congested with runners, walkers and gawkers, all of whom have a right to be there. Forcing bike traffic onto the sidewalk, where it does not belong, compounds the problem. If you choose to attempt to ride on the sidewalk, your entire body is above the top of the railing as you weave your way through the foot traffic- not a pleasent sensation. The other option is to push your bike across the bridge on the sidewalk. This takes 15 - 20 minutes depending on the amount of sidewalk congestion. So because some motorist isn't happy about being stuck in their air conditioned vehicle for an extra 5 minutes to get through the roundabout, cyclists are being told to waste 20 minutes pushing their bikes over the bridge. Sounds extremely selfish to me. After all, we are talking about a few hours on Saturdays during February and March. The rest of the year this is a non-issue. Suppose we make the traffic changes and after 9 or 10 months eveybody agrees it's a disaster. What's the remedy? Oh, the county simply repaints the lane markings and goes back to the old way. This would take maybe an hour. I think that the local leadership should take the safety concerns of those riding bikes (also citizens, also voters) into consideration and do the right thing.
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Anonymous
Couldn't have said it better. We must keep reiterating those facts.
Patti Ireland
Bill- I have NO involvement with the South Beach Association. I am opposed to this for numerous reasons. The bridge was actually expanded on the basis of projections of increased population and usage. And while there certainly are a fair number of people who ride bicycles in the area, the majority do not. We have an aging population, most of whom do not ride bicycles, whether by choice or inability. The increased development that we are seeing on the island does not bode well for reducing the traffic lanes. For example- the Causeway Marina, which has recently opened, hosts numerous events, and expects further retail/hotel development in the future. The right lane coming eastbound is vital for entrance to the marina area. The coming retail development on Seaway Dr near Harbour Isle is actually going to end up requiring expanding Seaway (A1A) lanes. There are other options that should be considered for bicycles, especially considering that the ratio of bicycles to autos using the bridge is small.
Anonymous
Excellent response and I agree 100%
EJ
YES, YES, YES
Marianne Peterson
We have an increasing amount of traffic on the bridge in March and April and the buildup on the weekends gets insane. They are adding a retail development at the bottom of the bridge and now you are proposing this? We will never be able to get back over the bridge in the high season. The only way I would support this is if you didn't allow further marina development and the retail shopping area. I am for development, but NOT without dealing with the additional traffic.
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Bkades Robinson
One thing to consider about the retail plaza near Harbor Isle is it may DECREASE the number of trips a Hutchison Island resident might take to the mainland and could in fact DECREASE traffic crossing the bridge. I do not foresee a huge volume of mainland residents crossing the bridge to go shopping at this newly proposed plaza. The ultimate solution would be a second bridge across the lagoon at the east end of Midway Road. All of the FPL traffic and most of the high rise condo residents south of the power plant would use the Midway Road bridge as opposed to the Ft Pierce South Bridge.
Harry Waddell
This plan will result in degradation of a perfectly adequate traffic plan has it currently exists. Suggest using an existing walking lane for bikes as a compromise.
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Lois G Andrews
The present lanes are too narrow for two way fast moving traffic. The walkways are also narrow with low railings and are unsuitable for bicycle traffic. The proposed solution sounds well thought out from all aspects. Since the road immediately narrows to 2 lanes after the bridge there is no need for 4 lanes going over the bridge since your plan provides for using the bike lane add a breakdown lane when required.
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Diane Korbey
There is too much traffic during season to reduce vehicular traffic on the stretch of the road; the back ups would be untenable
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Anonymous
There are many more cars than bikes! This will cause much more traffic, congestion and backups! Maybe there is a way to widen the foot and bike paths a little without negativity impacting the traffic community? Please consider other options! Thanks
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LYNNE Callagy
There is more auto traffic than bicycles, difficult now to get on and off the Island, when train comes impossible for rescue vehicles
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Fred
This has to be the craziest idea what are you smoking. When the bridge was built there was a traffic study done you know very well that this bridge with 4 travel lanes serves as a buffer to prevent backups on seaway and us1. For example if the bridge holds 100 cars now and you reduce it to half the other 50 cars extend the length. I am a full time resident I am not here on vacation and I am not retired to say that a bicycle lane is the future is ludicrous what will be next a horse and buggy lane. The island is growing you have only one bridge in St. Lucie to get on South Hutchinson. Please look at the Jensen Beach Causeway that has only 2 travel lanes (and a bike lane) it is backed up for miles on the weekends and during season. There is a better option you have 2 pedestrian walks make one of those bicycle only this will keep the 4 travel lanes and give the bicycles their own lane it will save taxpayer a lot of money. There is also another problem God forbid there is an emergency at the nuclear power plant that is 40+ years old we will never get off this island. You must review the traffic study, current population and expected growth studies. You will see there is no way you can reduce the bridge.
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