Baugh: Lakewood Ranch's Edgewater residents to get traffic light

kmoschella@bradenton.comMarch 7, 2014 

Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh talks with residents Wednesday night at her first Town Hall meeting in Lakewood Ranch.TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald

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LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Growing traffic problems along Lakewood Ranch's Edgewater Village community will likely ease when a traffic light is installed at the end of the year at the entrance at University Parkway, Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh said.

Baugh, a Lakewood Ranch resident and business owner, made the announcement at her first Town Hall meeting Wednesday night.

The commissioner acknowledged traffic problems in Edgewater are getting worse because of the outpouring of traffic at Commerce Park, a nearby office park owned by the developers of Lakewood Ranch that is home to more than 200 business.

"The money is in the budget and we're in the design phase now." Baugh told a group of about 200 residents. "It should be installed before the end of this year."

In addition, Baugh acknowledged a traffic light is needed for Lakewood Ranch's Greenbrook community along State Road 70. "It's a danger here, too, so stay tuned. We're not done with that yet," the commissioner said.

Kathryn Moschella, Lakewood Ranch reporter, can be reached at 941-745-1010. Follow her on Twitter@MoschellaHerald.

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