The City added signs directing drivers on Virginia Drive to turn on Haven Drive to access Mills Park. Additionally they added a no left turn sign at the Mill Park entrance on Virginia Drive [GMap].
The idea is to discourage drivers from waiting to turn left from Virginia Drive directly into the Mills Park entrance on Virginia Drive. When cars did this they would end up blocking the trail.
Members of the Lake Formosa Neighborhood Association have also expressed concerns about traffic coming from the other direction on Haven Drive (south) and turning left into Mills Park. The residents fear that people will cut through the Lake Formosa neighborhood to access Mills Park.
It is illegal, per the Mills Park development plan, to enter Mills Park by turning left off of Haven Drive and to exit by turning right out of Mills Park on Haven Drive. The developers were required by the City to place a no right turn sign at the exit in addition to a so-called pork-chop that attempts to restrict a right turn, but the city has not placed a no left turn sign on Haven Drive or done anything to notify or prevent drivers from cutting through Lake Formosa and turning left into Mills Park off of Haven Drive.
Additionally the developers were also required to not allow commercial vehicles to access Mills Park via Haven Drive. The developers did put a sign at the entrance to Mills Park on Haven Drive but the Neighborhood Association wants a sign that is visible on Virginia Drive before you turn on Haven Drive.
“We had about twenty residents at the meeting [Tuesday] night,” said Lake Formosa Neighborhood Association President Gordon Spears. “I likened our concerns with Mills Park to growing pains, and reminded everyone that as our neighborhood becomes more urbanized, we would have to deal with urban-style problems such as parking and traffic. It’s just part of growing up,” he added.
The residents and the City continue to meet to workout a permanent solution to the neighborhood’s concerns.
Per the original plan, the developer will be paying for a traffic study once the Mills Park development is at 80% occupancy. Those numbers will be compared to the original traffic studies before the Mills Park development to determine if any further changes to the traffic pattern or signage are needed.
“We look forward to putting this issue behind us. We have so many other things that we want to work on together with the city such as bicycle trails, and the expansion of the Lynx LYMMO system to our neighborhood,” said Spears.