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- The FTE study of US 41 roundabouts cited by Mr. Gilbert was cluttered with FTE error -- the speed between intersections is ti be 30 mph not the 45 mph applied by FTE, and US41 will NOT be narrowed to two lanes from the four lanes there today. For a major highway, US41 has very light use by trucks of all sizes (they prefer US301) yet FTE devoted a large commentary regarding 18 wheelers. Yet, with all that, FTE concluded that the Gulfstream/US 41 intersection in 2021 would have similar "level of service", i.e. travel time through, regardless whether the intersection remains signalized or is replaced by a roundabout. Travel time preservation is the root of LBK concern (as it is for the FDOT and the City of Sarasota) and that is why the Town Commission did nothing stronger than refer the document to the FDOT and Sarasota officials.
The FTE analysis can be reviewed at ttp://www.longboatkey.org/Departments/twn_mgr/agenda/11-19-09_TCRW/_09.pdf. With similar level of service(LOS) the City of Sarasota expects additional roundabout benefits of quicker, quieter, cleaner, greener, and cheaper with safety for all users whether on wheels or foot ...aA more livable outcome even with the similar level of service (LOS), though City traffic professionals expect a significant improvement in LOS, For LBK drivers: no more RED lights there wasting your time and your fuel with idling wear on your car.
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