What Dunedin's Saying: A Dangerous Road?

A traffic fatality at Curlew Road and Challenger Drive got some Dunedin Patch readers talking last week. What's your take on this stretch of road? Is it unsafe? If so, what should be done about it?

Our report about prompted several Dunedin Patch readers to comment that they believe this stretch of roadway is unsafe.

What do you think? Is this a problem area for Dunedin drivers? What should be done about it? Are there other dangerous streets or intersections around town? Tell us in the comments below.

Here's a sampling of what some readers had to say:

: I drive this section of road daily and the design is just horrible. I've seen many cars run into the grass and I was recently run into head on traffic by someone incorrectly merging from that same turning lane. This part of Curlew Rd needs to be fixed before more lives are needlessly lost.

: Yes, I drive it frezuently and often see people Make a sudden lane change when theyrealize they have a Rt only lane. I always knew someone would be killed some day.

: Since they first made this change to this portion of Curlew, I KNEW it would become deadly. I have been run off of the road, and have witnessed others being forced into oncoming traffic by people merging over at the last second. This road MUST be fixed before more people are injured or killed. Enough is enough.

Maryellen Farinas August 22, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Parking a Sheriff deputy at the intersection will minimize this problem when people start getting tickets for reckless driving. A sign with plenty of forewarning would also help.
Monty Seidler August 22, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I live in Country Woods just west of this stretch of disaster! I think that all these comments are spot on. Considering all the traffic to Honeymoon Island on top of the daily movement, no studies are needed! Focus on a solution and just do it!
Mark Papia August 22, 2012 at 05:04 PM
So one accident as the result of a careless driver warrants a major reengineering project? There are at least 8 arrows painted on the roadway starting at CR-1 indicated right turn only along with 6 signs indicating right turn only in the same stretch of road. If 14 indicators are not enough for a driver to know that he or she is in a right-turn only lane, then we need to pull their drivers licenses.
Cecilia August 23, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Monty, Monty, Monty, Dunedin's traffic studies are NOTORIOUS - then they do nothing. I know this FIRST HAND. They even like to do studies on their studies; and still nothing gets done. Good luck on ever getting this fixes. The traffic department here is not a very proactive department when it comes to known traffic/speeding problems. The promises they have offered for other over-traveled-or excessive speeding stretches of Dunedin Street have been nothing but empty promisies. I have no faith in ever seeing anything done in any part of Dunedin for sensible fixes. Every time you ask, the canned response is "...we are studying the raw data..." They must don A LOT of studying in that departmen, 'cause they sure don't fix the problems : (


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