FDOT to perform pedestrian count

At the behest of town staff, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will perform a new pedestrian count along Gulf of Mexico Drive in March to determine specific locations for crosswalks. Town Manager Dave Bullock informed members of town staff in an email Tuesday that FDOT has agreed to conduct a pedestrian count at the peak of tourism season on the island, along several areas of Gulf of Mexico Drive.

The origin of the crosswalk study began with the Urban Land Institute study, which recommended the town move forward with crosswalks in specific locations along the island’s main road.

Up for debate, however, are the proposed locations for the crosswalks. Commissioners have said a crosswalk near the Longboat Key Hilton is needed, and some residents have also suggested crosswalks near Spanish Main Yacht Club and Country Club Shores due to the fact that residents cross Gulf of Mexico Drive to get to and from the beach in those areas.

Bullock said in his memo that once the FDOT pedestrian counts are completed, the locations for crosswalks will be discussed before proceeding with design for the future project.

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