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Florida Department of Transportation will add safety measures to the curve on Anastasia Boulevard

8:34 PM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Transportation plans to make some minor changes to the curve on Anastasia Boulevard to help make it safer.

Several accidents have happened along the curve.

Austin Martin works at The Surf Station in St. Augustine and remembers when a Mercedes plowed into the store on Anastasia Blvd. in 2007.

"If someone would've been working, who knows what could've happened," Martin said.

"I've been here 28 years and I've seen my share of wrecks on the curve," said Tory Strange, owner of The Surf Station.

The Surf Station sits right on the A1A curve. Cars have also crashed into the fire station on the bend.

Most recently, two people were killed Christmas night when their pick-up truck crashed into a tree by the fire station.

Concerned about the safety of the people at the fire station, at near-by businesses, and at Hamilton Upchurch Park, the City of St. Augustine's requested help from the Florida Department of Transportation.

A DOT study was just completed, and the DOT now plans to make various additions to the road at the curve.

The DOT plans to put more striping on the roadway at the Anastasia Park Road and Anastasia Boulevard intersection. It will place more of those yellow and black signs, letting drivers know they're in a curve.

The DOT will also install reflective pavement markers, those raised little ridges on the side of roads. If drivers swing outside the lanes, the tires make a noise and vibrate while hitting those ridges.

"It's great to do it," Strange said, "but I think the concern isn't the road. People just go too fast on this curve."  

He also said impaired drivers causes crashes here.

"If you're going the speed limit, that curve is not dangerous at all," he said.

Martin agrees, but said, "something could be done to it to try to help. Then, see what it does. It can't hurt, I think."

The city also plans to put fencing up to help protect the firefighters at the station and trees by the park to help protect it.

All the additions should be in place in two months.

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