Safety Issues Regarding SR A1A & Old Quarry Road

  • Due to visual obstructions, drivers attempting to pull onto SR A1A from Old Quarry Rd. must pull across, and block, the crosswalk in order to visually observe oncoming traffic heading Southbound on SR A1A. There is one utility pole, three sign poles, and landscaping that exceeds the legal height of 30″ for street corners. Suggested Solution(s): Remove the landscaping, or trim it to the legal height of 30″ from the pavement to provide a “clear-sight” triangle of the oncoming traffic. DONE! Thanks to the Community Mindfulness and Socially Responsive owner of The Alligator Farm, the Zoo promptly removed the palms and substantially trimmed the landscaping at the corner of Old Quarry Road and SR A1A, when they learned of the lack of “clear-sight” issue. Thank You Saint Augustine ALLIGATOR FARM and ZOO, you Rock!
Drivers attempting to pull onto SR A1A from Old Quarry Rd. are unable to see oncoming traffic unless they pull into, and block, the pedestrian crosswalk.
  • On a daily basis, there are vehicles parked in four parking spaces in front of the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm. These four vehicles obstructs drivers’ abilities to safely observe and judge the traffic heading Southbound on SR A1A prior to entering the roadway. Suggested Solution(s): Parking on SR A1A in front of the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm should be eliminated to provide a “clear-sight” triangle of the oncoming traffic.
Vehicles parked in front of the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm act as visual obstructions to drivers attempting to safely pull onto SR A1A from the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm Parking Lot. Viewpoint of driver who has pulled into, and is blocking the sidewalk in order to see oncoming traffic.
After a driver has pulled into the crosswalk (in an attempt to see the oncoming traffic), vehicles parked in front of the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm still block drivers’ from safely seeing and judging oncoming traffic. This video shows drivers’ viewpoint prior to pulling onto SR A1A from both Old Quarry Rd. and from the Alligator Farm Parking Lot.
  • There is landscaping / vegetation at the intersection that is higher than the legally permitted height of 30” (from the pavement) on both the North and South corners of Old Quarry, and SR A1A (in front of the Alligator Farm} which obstructs drivers’ abilities to visually observe traffic heading Southbound on SR A1A and safely enter SR A1A. Suggested Solution(s): Per FDOT Design Manual Chapter 212 on Intersections, landscaping and vegetation should be trimmed and maintained to meet the “clear-sight” requirements of FDOT criteria and standards. [see also: City Ordinance, ARTICLE IV, DIVISION 1, Sec. 28-331.] DONE! Thanks to the Community Mindfulness and Socially Responsive owner of The Alligator Farm, the Zoo promptly removed the palms and substantially trimmed the landscaping at the corner of Old Quarry Road and SR A1A, when they learned of the lack of “clear-sight” issue. Thank You Saint Augustine ALLIGATOR FARM and ZOO, you Rock!
A Utility Pole, and Sign Poles and Landscaping placed by the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm blocks drivers’ view of oncoming traffic. Viewpoint shows the drivers’ view looking North, when their vehicle is properly stopped at the “Limit Line” (the white line at a stop sign) at the intersection of Old Quarry Rd and SR A1A.
Old Quarry Rd "Limit Line," Looking South
Utility Poles, Sign Poles, and Fence Posts and Landscaping placed by the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm blocks drivers’ view of oncoming traffic. Viewpoint shows the drivers’ view looking South, when their vehicle is properly stopped at the “Limit Line” (the white line at a stop sign) at the intersection of Old Quarry Rd and SR A1A.
  • Pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists attempting to cross Old Quarry Rd. must decide whether to walk in front of cars that are blocking the crosswalk, or walk behind them.
Watch as this fifth-grader walking home from school alone makes a mad-dash behind a vehicle blocking the crosswalk at Old Quarry Road and SR A1A, to avoid being hit.
Pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists must decide whether to proceed in front of cars that are blocking the crosswalk, or walk in-between the cars that are waiting to enter SR A1A.
  • Drivers attempting to exit Old Quarry Rd onto SR A1A are looking left, focusing their attention on the traffic heading Southbound on SR A1A. Drivers may not be looking right to see if pedestrians, joggers or cyclists are about to cross in front of their vehicle.
  • Drivers attempting to turn left from the Northbound turning lane of SR A1A onto Old Quarry Rd. who are met head-on by a driver attempting to turn left from the Southbound turning lane of SR A1A onto Red Cox Rd. can no longer observe Southbound traffic on SR A1A in order to safely execute their turn across SR A1A onto Old Quarry. Suggested Solution(s): Paint white dashed turning lane lines on the pavement to provide guidance to drivers, and greater space between the opposing vehicles.
Line of Sight is effectively blocked when two opposing (head-on) drivers are attempting to make a left turn on Old Quarry Rd. & Red Cox Dr.

5 thoughts on “Safety Issues Regarding SR A1A & Old Quarry Road

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  2. Ruth Fandrich

    This is an excellent overview of our constant danger crossing or pulling out into A1A S.
    Riding bike is so dangerous, as cars are going way over the speed limit around that curve at the Surf Station. The school kids trying to cross “going and coming” makes you hold your breath.
    Visitors are trying to see directions, read multiple signs, looking for the Light House not at the road and blocking turns lanes are a constant.
    Thank you for putting this together!

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  3. Richard Siewert

    The entire area of Anastasia Park Drive, Flamingo Dr, Old Quarry Rd and Red Cox Rd as they feed and move traffic to and from A1A needs to be researched for safety reasons. Currently trailered boat traffic leaving the public pier is avoiding the Red Cox Rd/Old Quarry/A1A intersection for many of the same reasons noted here. They barrel down Flamingo Dr to enter A1A at an easier intersection. Flamingo Dr encompasses a purely residential area where families with children reside. This is an unsafe situation that is a tragedy in waiting. Let us demand a restructuring of these traffic points.

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  4. Juliette Swindull

    A few years the neighborhood had a meeting with an official concerning this very problem. As you can see, there was no action taken in the traffic dept. This is a serious problem escalated by the increase of today’s traffic. Let’s hope this time there will.

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  5. Jane Edwards

    I’ve been wondering why we have large trucks pulling boats of all sizes down Palmetto Avenue, and now I see why. By avoiding this dangerous intersection to get to the Lighthouse boat ramp, they endanger the residents and properties in this beautiful, quiet neighborhood.

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