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Sarasota News Leader October 18, 2013 "The basic concept of the diverging diamond interchange is to switch the eastbound and westbound lanes so that turns on and off the ramps become right turns, thereby saving signal green time and increasing capacity through the signals at the interchange," Harriott added. During the Oct. 9 County Commission meeting, Paul said discussions already are under way with FDOT regarding the future alignment of Fruitville Road and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard to handle the expected heavier volume of traffic when the county's Fruitville Initiative and the new University Town Center mall are complete. Future events at Nathan Benderson Park — including the 2017 World Rowing Championships — also will lead to higher traffic counts in that area, he noted. Page 51 Development at Lakewood Ranch, including the corporate park, figures into the mix as well, Paul explained. Instead of continually widening the lanes of I-75, he added, "Why not consider an additional overpass?" That would be preferable to a piecemeal approach, he pointed out, with new intersection projects followed by road widening work. "It makes more sense from a regional transportation perspective." SMR was willing to work with the county on the long-range planning process, he continued, adding that Benderson Development Co. consultants and those handling the Fruitville Initiative also are collaborating with county staff on its proposals. Traffic maneuvers through a diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 44 and Route 13 in Springfield, MO, in 2011. Photo by Brandonrush via Wikimedia Commons

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