A recent article in the Sun-Sentinel reported the city of Fort Lauderdale is considering changes to Las Olas Blvd to improve traffic for both pedestrians and drivers.
Las Olas Blvd known for its trendy shops and restaurants also serves as the direct route between downtown Fort Lauderdale and the beach as well as a neigborhood street for businesses, residential homes and downtown Fort Lauderdale condominiums.
The area of most concern according to experts hired by the city lies between SE 9th Avenue and SE 17th Avenue because this section is the most affected by existing traffic patterns. Consultants have suggested "better signalization, fewer lanes, more visible crosswalks, bike lanes and wider sidewalks."
At a public forum this past week, some changes presented were aimed at keeping car traffic moving, but at lower speeds to keep predestrians safer. Some fixes may include extending timing of signal lights at SE 15th Avenue and Las Olas Blvd. The intent would be to allow more cars to flow throught the intersections while reducing backed-up traffic significantly.
Stop signs that have been on SE 15th Avenue and SE 2nd Street for many years could be removed and replaced with less intrusive traffic-calming devices and eliminate on-street parking that blocks the view of drivers.
Another suggestion by a consultant was to make the outside lane for east bound traffic on Las Olas Boulevard "right-turn" only just before SE 15th Avenue. Also, just west of SE 15th Avenue on Las Olas might benefit by narrowing the street to two lanes and create bike lanes as well a wider sidewalks.
All good suggestions....