Safety Issues Regarding SR A1A & Red Cox Dr.

  • Visual Obstructions: There are three utility poles, one large plant, one light generator, one park sign, and one traffic sign pole which, upon approaching the stop sign, obstruct drivers’ ability to clearly observe oncoming traffic heading Northbound on SR A1A (see video clip below). Suggested Solution(s): (1) Landscaping should be trimmed and maintained to provide clear-sight of vehicles that are coming around the curve. (2) The portable light generator should be moved further away from SR A1A to provide clear-sight of vehicles coming around the curve. (3) Utility poles should be repositioned to provide clear-sight of vehicles coming around the curve (or utility lines should be laid underground).
Video shows cars exceeding the Speed Limit and the number of Visual Obstructions blocking drivers’ viewpoint at the intersection of Red Cox Dr. and SR A1A.
Illustration from FDOT Manual on Clear-Sight Triangles for 4-Lane Divided Highways with Left Turning Lane. View the entire FDOT Manual on Intersections.
  • Excessive Speed: Many of the drivers traveling Northbound on SR A1A are exceeding the posted speed limit of 40 mph by 5-10 mph. This excessive speed effectively reduces the time drivers on Red Cox Dr. have to make decisions regarding the oncoming traffic. The posted “recommended speed” for this curve is “30 mph.” Note: That it takes the average person 1-1/2 seconds to interpret and react to a potential collision, and then to apply the brakes. At 50 mph, a car travels 110 ft. before the driver applies the brakes, and then travels an additional 119 ft. while skidding to a stop, for a total of 229 feet. The distance between Anastasia Park Rd. and Red Cox Dr. is 300 ft. Suggested Solution(s): (1) The posted speed limit (the WHITE sign, NOT the yellow sign) should be reduced to 30 mph; (2) The speed limit should be strictly enforced by City, County and State Law Enforcement; (3) a Speed Radar sign should be permanently installed on SR A1A near Anastasia Park Rd. to flash Northbound drivers’ speeds; and (4) Guard Rails should be installed to prevent Northbound drivers from exiting the roadway and crashing into the large trees in the park’s picnic area, children’s playground and skatepark.
The posted “recommended speed” for this curve is “30 mph.”
  • Crosswalk Blockage: Due to the visual obstructions, drivers attempting to exit Red Cox Dr. must pull across and block the crosswalk in order to visually observe oncoming traffic heading Northbound on SR A1A. Suggested Solution(s): (1) Landscaping should be trimmed and maintained to provide drivers on Red Cox Rd. with “clear-sight” of vehicles that are coming around the curve on SR A1A. (2) The portable light generator should be moved further away from SR A1A to provide clear-sight of vehicles coming around the curve. (3) In addition, the Utility poles should be repositioned to provide clear-sight of vehicles coming around the curve (or utility lines should be laid underground)..
Due to visual obstructions on both sides of SR A1A, drivers must pull into, and block, the sidewalk in front of the Alligator Farm, and the crosswalks of Old Quarry Rd & Red Cox Dr..
  • Insufficient Turning Radius: Due to the angle of Red Cox Dr. to SR A1A (a 110° angle), School Bus drivers taking children to school, boaters towing their boats to the boat ramp, RVs, Campers, and other Large Trucks attempting to make a right turn from Northbound SR A1A onto Red Cox Dr. must stop in the right Northbound lane of SR A1A and wait for cars to exit Red Cox Dr. in order to have enough clearance for them to make the 110° turn. Suggested Solution(s): Additional pavement may be necessary to accommodate the turning of school buses and large trucks.
School Buses, RVs, Campers, Trucks Towing Boats, and Other Large Trucks can not make the 110° turn onto Red Cox Dr. while vehicles are stopped at the stop sign on Red Cox Dr. As a consequence, the School Buses, etc. must stop and block the right hand (Northbound) lane of SR A1A, and become an additional obstruction to drivers attempting to enter SR A1A from Red Cox Dr.
  • When a School Bus, RV, or other large truck has stopped in the Northbound lane of SR A1A (when attempting to make a wide right turn onto Red Cox Dr.) they become a visual obstruction to drivers attempting to exit Red Cox Dr. Drivers exiting Red Cox Dr. can no longer visually observe oncoming traffic heading Northbound on SR A1A. 
  • Drivers proceeding Northbound on SR A1A must quickly change lanes on the curve in order to navigate around vehicles waiting to turn onto Red Cox Dr. that have stopped in the right lane of Northbound SR A1A.
  • Drivers attempting to turn left from the Southbound turning lane of SR A1A onto Red Cox Dr. are frequently met head-on by a driver attempting to turn left from the Southbound turning lane of SR A1A onto Old Quarry Rd. As a result, drivers can no longer observe Northbound traffic on SR A1A in order to safely execute their turn across SR A1A onto Red Cox Dr.
Line of Sight is effectively blocked in the curve when two opposing (head-on) vehicles are each attempting to execute a turn onto the side streets of Old Quarry Rd & Red Cox Dr.

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  3. Carolyn S

    The article in the record; 5/18/2021 does not consider walkers or bikers at Dead Man’s Curve. There needs to be a light and/or a crossing area there for pedestrians and bikers. I can attest to the fact that this is a very dangerous intersection for bikers trying to cross A1A from either Red Cox Dr or Quarry Rd. I was in the middle turning lane with a car heading south in the turning lane at Red Cox Dr. I was waiting for him to go when he changed his mind and while looking behind him towards the Lion’s bridge, he was moving right toward me, while still looking over his shoulder….he bearly missed hitting me. He continued down a few meters and then turned left toward Anastasia State Park. Evidently, he realized he was turning one block too soon, but he failed to look ahead of him…just behind.

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