Wildwood plans east-west crossing

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By Larry Clifton

The City of Wildwood plans to install a pedestrian signal that would allow pedestrians to more safely cross U.S. 301 at the intersection of Rutland Street in downtown Wildwood, according to a letter from City Manager Robert Smith addressed to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
The signal would provide safe passage for pedestrians between the historic downtown and residential district on the west, and government, health, commercial, educational and residential facilities on the east side of U.S. 301.
In addition to a pedestrian crossing, the signal would serve as an emergency signal for downtown Fire Station 31, historically the busiest station in the county, according to Smith.
The fire station is currently undergoing major renovations.
While the county has expressed its financial commitment to pay for the signal and the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the $120,000 project, FDOT must approve the work too, and is yet to do so.
In Smith’s letter to FDOT, he said 23,000 vehicles travel U.S. 301 between S.R. 44A and County Road 466A daily and that the dual signals would provide safety to pedestrians and allow emergency personnel to respond quickly and safely to emergency calls.