Once Again Weighing In On Local Traffic

Once Again Weighing In On Local Traffic

Perception is reality“, I’ve heard this proclaimed in more meetings than I’d care to count, and I’ve heard it enough that it has almost become….. reality. The reality of Orlando traffic is that it can be dangerous, as we discussed last October.

Earlier this week, I came across this Apopka Voice article – Is State Route 429 safe?

Local Traffic
Via The Apopka Voice http://theapopkavoice.com

Here’s a snippet,

In 2016 Everquote named Interstate 4 the most deadly interstate highway in America.  State Route 429 is not an interstate highway, but the recent spate of accidents makes one wonder if State Route 429 is on track to be added to the list of the most dangerous highways in the country.

According to the City of Apopka, there have been at least six accidents requiring action by the Apopka Fire Department on 429 or at a 429 interchange in the last 11 days: Is State Route 429 safe?

The article goes on to list several, (6) accidents that have happened along 429 since January 27, 2017. Since the article asked, Is State Route 429 safe? I’ve decided to weigh in.

Yes, 429 is safe, the road is well lit, the paving is stellar and while it does end, there’s plenty of signs to indicate that. If drivers managed to pry their eyes off their cell phones and pay attention that would make it even safer

I’m on 429 several times each week, that’s how I get to the turnpike, whether I’m heading north, south or to the airport, it’s the only timely way out of Apopka.

The article goes on to state,

“Drivers need to be extra vigilant in work zones because of changing traffic patterns,” said Brooks.

The speed limit on 429 was raised to 70 MPH two years ago after studies indicated higher traveling speeds are not necessarily associated with an increased risk of being involved in a crash.

Is the word “extra” really needed in front of the word vigilant?  It reminds me of the courtroom scene from A Few Good Men;

Col. Jessep: [refering to Santiago] I felt his life might be in danger.

Kaffee: Grave danger?

Col. Jessep: [sarcastically] Is there another kind?

You’re foolish if you believe speed causes accidents, accidents come from things like distraction and carelessness or trying to grab a dropped cell phone off the floorboard.

State Route 429 is not an interstate highway, but the recent spate of accidents makes one wonder if State Route 429 is on track to be added to the list of the most dangerous highways in the country.

I’m willing to bet that an 11-day tally isn’t going to win any road an award as prestigious as the “most dangerous highway in the country“, but you never know. The reality is that 429 will soon be completed, and it will provide an alternative to the I-4 mess of downtown and all of the O-Town attractions. It will bring new homes, new businesses, new jobs and new neighbors to the Apopka area.

Just my perception when it comes to safety on the 429.

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1 Comment

  1. SR 429 no longer goes to Apopka, it goes around Apopka. If they’re referring to the stub road that comes off SR 429 and ends at US 441 in Apopka, that road is SR 451. It’s just over 1 mile long and can be dangerous if drivers don’t pay attention to the traffic light at US 441.

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