Project to Bring Sarno Road-US 1 Traffic Relief and Reduce Stormwater Pollution Coming Soon
The Melbourne City Council approved a project this week that will bring much needed traffic relief to the busy intersection of Sarno Road and US 1, increase safety for pedestrians and motorists, and will include a feature to capture stormwater and reduce pollution into the Indian River Lagoon.
The city will construct a dedicated right-turn lane for eastbound Sarno Road traffic turning south onto US 1 that will greatly reduce rush-hour traffic backups. Approximately 50,000 vehicles travel through this intersection daily.
Safety improvements will include the construction of three pedestrian curb ramps meeting Americans With Disabilities Act standards, new sidewalk connections and new crosswalk striping.
The existing wire-span traffic signals will be replaced with hardened steel mast arm structures that are easier to maintain, last longer and can stand up to strong storms and winds.
In addition, a dry retention stormwater pond will be constructed at the southwest corner of the intersection to provide stormwater treatment for an existing basin which currently has no treatment. This pond will prevent 37 pounds per year of pollutants* from entering the Indian River Lagoon and is part of a larger plan to reduce stormwater pollution citywide.
Total cost of the project is $520,994.39. It is being funded by transportation impact fees and by a $172,000 Florida Department of Transportation joint participation agreement.
Construction is expected to begin this spring and will last approximately 6 months.
*31 lbs/year of Nitrogen and 6 lbs/year of Phosphorus