As one of many residents who attended the meetings regarding Thornton's Gas Station, I was assured that the integrity of our entrance to Braden River Lakes would not be compromised.
We met several times with the representatives of Thornton's and the City of Bradenton was also represented at these meetings.
The residents expressed concerns about traffic using 48 Street Court East to enter Thornton's. We were all assured that it would not be the case, but it is so.
While waiting in line recently to exit our subdivision, I observed five cars using 48th Street to make an illegal left turn into Thornton's, thus blocking the entrance to our homes. Again on another morning I was blocked from entering our development by a line of three cars stopped waiting to make the illegal left turn into Thornton's with a Bradenton police cruiser a few feet away who obviously did not see them.
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48th Street Court East is our only means of entering and exiting. Since the installation of Thornton's, our entrance has gone from two lanes to one.
The yellow striping on the pavement and the white traffic barrier poles almost encourage drivers to make the illegal turn.
Also, the no-left-turn signs are not quickly seen when entering our development.
May I suggest that Thornton's install a sign on State Road 64 as to where their entrance is in the city of Bradenton. Revisit the sign placement.