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Clay Vows Safer Traffic on DeBarry Residents Say Street Used as a Shortcut

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay Vows Safer Traffic on DeBarry Residents Say Street Used as a Shortcut

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- People who live on or near DeBarry Avenue

in the Grove Park area of Orange Park say they wish it was a

dead-end street.

If that were the case, they said, an increasing number of

motorists would not be using it to cut through between Kingsley

Avenue and Wells Road, as one of the few north-south

alternatives to Blanding Boulevard and U.S. 17.

And Grove Park residents would not live in fear that speeding

cars will crash into them as they back their own vehicles out of

driveways or into their children as they head for one of the

three schools in the area.

"We can hear the wheels squealing," said Debbie Terry, who

heads the Grove Park citizens association. "Grove Park wants

less traffic and slower traffic."

She and other residents will soon get some relief.

The Clay County Commission, at its Tuesday meeting, approved

several of an engineering consultant's recommendations to make

traffic flow more safely and efficiently on DeBarry Avenue.

Buckholz Traffic in Jacksonville was hired last year to study

traffic problems in the Grove Park area and suggest corrective

action. The company was paid $7,200 for the study.

The approved recommendations include installing better traffic

signs, adding raised pavement markings on curves to slow down

traffic, refurbishing lane markings and closing a median opening

near Wells Road, at the Food Lion shopping center.

The commission decided against adopting several other

recommendations that residents opposed. As a result, the DeBarry

Avenue speed limit will continue to be 25 mph and the four-way

stop at the intersection of DeBarry and Bartlett avenues will

remain in place.

Also, the commission voted to:

Refer another consultant recommendation -- installing a

cul-de-sac at the south end of Horton Drive, so that it would no

longer connect to DeBarry Avenue -- to the county engineering

department for further study. …

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