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Woodville neighbors call for traffic signal at Woodville Hwy. and Natural Bridge Rd.

Posted at 6:23 PM, May 09, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-09 18:23:27-04
  • Neighbors want a traffic signal placed at the intersection of Woodville Hwy and Natural Bridge Rd.
  • The Florida Department of Transportation is evaluating whether the intersection qualifies for one.
  • Watch the video to hear from concerned neighbors and leaders working to make it happen.


It's a busy Woodville intersection in need of some extra attention. I'm Kenya Cardonne, your Southeast Tallahassee reporter.

I'm hearing from neighbors about the need for a traffic signal at the intersection of Woodville Highway and Natural Bridge Road.. plus what it takes to make it happen.

Lisa Mehr, Principal at Woodville K-8 School - "We could not even imagine having the loss of a student from not having a light.."

The kind of fear many neighbors in the Woodville area share as they drive or walk near the intersection of Woodville Highway and Natural Bridge Road.

It's a busy intersection that neighbors tell me is barely regulated by the two stop signs there.

Standing right at the corner? Woodville K-8 School.

Mehr - "Our students have to cross there every morning and every afternoon and it is so busy that we do worry about their safety."

While a crossing guard helps ease that worry..

Mehr - "They don't always stop for the stop sign that he holds."

Tom McClure, Employee at Woodville Ace Hardware - "A traffic signal will help that quite a bit."

Longtime Ace Hardware employee Tom McClure tells me he's seen a number of crashes here.

McClure - "Easily a half dozen."

Christian Caban, Leon County Commissioner for District 2 - "We've had complaints and people bring this to our office's attention via email or in person or at community events."

District 2 County Commissioner Christian Caban says, because of this, he reached out to the Florida Department of Transportation, who told him they will evaluate whether this intersection qualifies for a traffic signal.

Caban - "They'll do a traffic count. I'm sure they'll look at accident history, they'll look at the dollar amount and see if it's something that does warrant a traffic light."

Neighbors in this area tell me they're hoping for a good outcome.

Mehr - "We are hoping that they are going to do the right thing for our community down here and the students of our school."

I reached out to FDOT and they told me they’ve already begun their study.

They hope to finalize it and the recommendations for this intersection by mid-June.

We'll keep you updated on the entire process.

In Southeast Tallahassee, Kenya Cardonne ABC 27