Improvements Coming to Lake Hollingsworth and Ingraham; But First, Detours

hollingsworth ingraham intersectionThe intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Ingraham Avenue is about to get some bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements; during construction, drivers going around the lake can expect to detour around the intersection for up to 2 1/2 weeks. 

The changes include a small concrete barrier that will separate the bicycle lane from vehicle traffic. In addition, one of the two pedestrian crosswalks across Lake Hollingsworth Drive will be eliminated.

The upshot is a that the current stop sign for bicycles will change to a “Bicycles Must Yield to Pedestrian” sign, resulting in smoother bicycle traffic flow.

The work is scheduled to start June 4 and could take until June 20 to complete, city officials say. During that time, traffic will be detoured away from part of the northern end of Lake Hollingsworth Drive.

City Traffic Operations Director Angelo Rau said signs will direct:

  • Westbound traffic to detour onto Hollingsworth Road and then onto Frank Lloyd Wright Way and back to the lake via Mississippi Avenue.
  • Eastbound traffic to detour onto Mississippi Avenue or Johnson Avenue and then onto Frank Lloyd Wright Way and back to the lake via Hollingsworth Road.

The reconfigured intersection

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The project includes these changes:

  • The westernmost of the two crosswalks from the Florida Southern College campus to the Lake Hollingsworth pedestrian path will be eliminated.
  • The eastern crosswalk between FSC and the pedestrian path will be realigned to coincide with the college’s boat dock walkway.
  • A tapered concrete separator measuring 6 inches tall and 4 feet wide will be installed to separate the bike path from vehicle traffic.

“These enhancements will eliminate the mandatory stopping requirement for bicyclists in favor of yielding to pedestrians; the safety for pedestrians crossing to and from Lake Hollingsworth should be enhanced,”  Rau said. “The separator will add an element of safety for bicyclists while reducing motor vehicle speeds and encouraging compliance of all traffic regulations.”

The Lake Hollingsworth/Ingraham intersection is featured in this video between 00:35 and 00:53: