CLEARWATER, Fla. — A busy stretch of U.S. 19 in Clearwater has been the site of a number of recent crashes.
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After a major reconstruction to make the roadway more like an interstate, local traffic uses the frontage road to access local businesses like the Audi dealership near U.S. 19 at Harn Boulevard.
There are three entrances to the dealership, and for drivers on the frontage road, all of them are very easy to access.
But Spectrum Bay News 9 viewer Ted Parks says there are still lots of accidents.
"People are coming off of U.S. 19 off the exit ramp and turning in our very first entrance, which is causing accidents because they're crossing over frontage road," said Parks.
As drivers exit southbound U.S. 19 at Harn Boulevard in order to get to that first entrance they must not only cross over the gore striping, but directly across the traffic on the frontage road.
Even for those who chose the second entrance, it's a real danger.
"Some do continue on down and cut over the white line, the solid white line, and t-bone our customers as they're leaving," Parks said.
He has even seen drivers u-turn the wrong way into the frontage road in order to get to the two businesses next door.
"There are crazies out there. They're doing about 90 down U.S. 19 and there's no telling what they're going to do," he said.
What Parks wants is a series of white reflective poles along the southbound exit at Harn Boulevard, forcing drivers to stay in the exit lane until they have safely merged onto the frontage.
Real Time Traffic Expert Chuck Henson reached out to the state, and the Florida Department of Transportation's Kris Carson said a plan is in motion.
"We are going to install white citi-posts along the gore area southbound, 20 feet past the first driveway at Crown Motor cars."
Carson said the delineators should be in place in the next three weeks.