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Winter Springs Plans to Rebuild Dangerous Intersection

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on October 18, 2013

Orlando car accident lawyers caution readers to be extra wary while driving, walking or biking in Winter Springs for the next several months while city officials and road construction crews fix one of the most dangerous intersections in central Florida. Winter Springs Mayor Charles Lacey call the intersection of State Road 434 and Tuskawilla Road one of the most "confusing" and "awkward" intersections in the area and most local drivers would agree. This is especially true for anyone traveling south on Tuskawilla Road who needs to make a right turn to travel west on S.R. 434. For many years, they have been forced to travel down a side street and merge into S.R. 434, where drivers are traveling at highway speeds. It’s tricky and dangerous, but if drivers take the more direct route onto S.R. 434, they face getting ticket from Winter Springs Police officers.

"It has created so many problems for people driving, and it’s also become dangerous for pedestrians," Lacey said. "It’s funneling traffic through a congested area."

Fortunately for everyone, this situation will be changing in the near future. The Florida Department of Transportation and Winter Springs recently announced that they are going to rebuild this infamous intersection to make it easier for drivers and safer for pedestrians. The planned improvements include removing the odd right-turn bypass lane on Tuskawilla, widening turn lanes and adding on-street parking spaces on Tuskawilla north of S.R. 434. The roadwork will be made possible by $150,000 in federal highway funds.

Lori Birchell, Winter Springs resident and owner of nearby Birchell Insurance Co., has watched drivers’ and pedestrians’ confusion at the intersection from her office since 2006.

“Almost every day I see people trying to use that intersection and I’m just amazed.” She said recently. "It’s very confusing. I’m watching drivers and thinking: ‘No, no, don’t do it. Don’t make a right-hand turn.’"

Mr. Cunningham warns that if you are one of the 35,000 drivers who pass through this dangerous intersection on a daily basis, please find another route to your destination until it has been reconstructed. He has been using his skills and experience as an Orlando personal injury lawyer to help injured people since 1977 and has seen first-hand how poorly designed intersections lead to an increase in accidents from drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. If you have been injured in an accident and would like to speak with Mr. Cunningham, call him today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) to schedule a free consultation.

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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