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Published on April 3rd, 2020 | by University Communications

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Traffic signal installation begins at Saint Leo entrance

Getting in and out of Saint Leo’s main entrance will become easier thanks to a new traffic light being installed at State Road 52 and Palm Boulevard (the university entrance). The Florida Department of Transportation is working on the project, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., today (Monday, April 6), through Friday, April 10, there will be westbound turn-lane closures.

The project is expected to be completed in July, according to Randall Aebersold, FDOT project manager. A traffic study showed that peak times are noon to 1 p.m., with 1,265 motorists, and from 5 to 6 p.m., with 1,712 vehicles turning at the intersection. FDOT conducted the study on Thursday, March 18, 2018, and the turning movement counts were used to determine if a signal or other traffic control measures were necessary to improve traffic operations and safety. The improvements will provide a left turn signal for both entrance and exit from S.R. 52.

Saint Leo President Jeffrey D. Senese and State Senator Wilton Simpson requested the signal to improve safety for those who work and study at Saint Leo as well as others traveling on S.R. 52.

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