State to build 'refuge islands' to protect pedestrians along U.S. 41

skennedy@bradenton.comMarch 25, 2013 

MANATEE -- Alarmed at the high number of pedestrian fatalities and traffic accidents, the Florida Department of Transportation is planning to build 12 pedestrian "refuge islands" along part of the center lane of U.S. 41, an official said Monday.

The $352,000 project calls for concrete islands in the two-way left turn lane of the heavily-congested road, where pedestrians can pause while they cross lanes of traffic going north and south, said FDOT's Amy Blair.

The work will be done along about 2.5 miles between Cortez Road and 69th Avenue West, she said.

It is a "safety-funded" project, due to the high number of accidents recorded along the road, she said.

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