Deadly intersection of Argyle Forest to get a traffic light, according to the city – 104.5 WOKV
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Three fatal crashes at the same intersection occurred about two months apart in the west end of Jacksonville. Now neighbors along Argyle Forest Boulevard are calling on the city to take action.
“I can be on my couch watching my TV, and you can hear the cars coming together and crashing here. It’s terrible,” said Eileen, a neighbor from Highland Lakes.
The intersection of Argyle Forest Boulevard and Loch Highlands Boulevard, the site of several accidents, is just behind his house.
On July 4, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said a young adult died after attempting to turn left out of Popeyes when a pickup truck hit the side of his Mustang.
“It’s so sad… to lose a life, just like that, in an instant,” said Irma Rentas, another close neighbor. Rentas said she submitted a request to the city of Jacksonville for a traffic light after several crashes.
In May, a motorcyclist was killed at the same intersection and a pedestrian was killed there in April.
A city official said the traffic engineering department conducted a study and found the intersection eligible for a traffic light, but neighbors will have to wait several months.
The design is complete, but construction will be funded in next year’s budget, which begins in October. The department looks at traffic flow, pedestrian volume and number of accidents in a year, among other things.
The city told Action News Jax that since last July, it has received only one service request regarding the intersection.
In the meantime, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has put up digital signs warning drivers of the high kill zone in the 45 mph zone. Neighbors said drivers often drove faster.
“They usually exceed that speed limit. Some of them are even going 60 to 70 miles per hour,” Rentas said.
Eileen added, “It’s a regular running track.”
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