The intersection at Stickney Pt. and U.S. 41 looks like a nightmare train wreck now. What will it be like if Sarasota County approves the Benderson proposal of a multi-use development covering about 24 acres and including 140,000 square feet of retail, 415 residential units and a 130-room hotel at an intersection that already has traffic backed up without the proposed new development? This area could easily be comparable to University Parkway that is gridlocked continually and has one of the highest accident rates in the County.
Traffic service engineer who has been reviewing the proposals.sent an email to Kimley-Horn , Benderson’s consultants, that raised several issues not answered in its Nov. 29 response, including:
• Ensuring that a proposed traffic light on Stickney Point Road and Avenues B and C will not cause traffic headed west to Siesta Key to back up all the way to U.S. 41.
• Benderson and Kimley-Horn have not yet met requirements to show that intersection warrants a traffic signal.
Internally, an email from fellow DOT engineer Richard Matthews questions whether the two left-hand turn lanes on U.S. 41 northbound at Stickney Point Road — traveling to Siesta Key — will back up beyond the 350-foot length of vehicle storage capacity weekday nights and during Saturday peak traffic flows, and the spillover into the northbound travel lanes will further snarl traffic.