This week, the city’s Public Works Department informed Historic City News that a “speed cushion” has been installed on Anastasia Park Drive in response to resident concerns over speeding cars on the street. A wayfinding sign intended to deter drivers from entering the residential neighborhood at White Street was also installed.
The Florida Department of Transportation installed a wayfinding sign on Anastasia Boulevard near White Street last month, directing southbound drivers not to turn left but to follow SR-A1A to the intersection at Red Cox Road to reach the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
“While it may seem insignificant, both the speed cushion and wayfinding solutions are significant improvements to managing traffic and mitigating non-resident vehicular activity in Lighthouse Park,” Reuben Franklin, the city’s Mobility Program Manager told local reporters. “These small solutions add-up to make a difference in the quality of life for our residents, and that’s what is most important.”
In 2017, during a series of city-wide neighborhood walks and discussions, Lighthouse Park residents met with Franklin and shared concerns such as increased boat trailer traffic, cut-through traffic, and regularly speeding cars on Anastasia Park Drive.
After a traffic study was conducted, it was determined that the installation of a speed cushion could help reduce the speed at which cars are traveling on the road.
Also, starting this Monday, September 10, parking on Magnolia Drive between R.B. Hunt Elementary School and Dancy Street will be prohibited during drop-off and pick-up times, before and after school, to ensure proper use of the designated drop-off and pick-up lanes at the school.
Prohibited parking will be enforced, Monday through Friday in the morning between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., and in the afternoon between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.