Clay County officials are working with the sheriff’s office to install more signs, messaging boards and barricades intended to direct traffic through the construction on Sandridge Road in Lake Asbury.
The county announced Friday, May 26, that the project had been delayed, which resulted in the road closure getting pushed back, a press release said. The project is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 1, 2023.
Traffic is currently detoured via Henley Road and Russell Road. There is no through access from Henley Road to Sandridge Road through the Glenhaven neighborhood, county officials said.
County Commissioner Kristen Burke has received numerous emails from residents in the area complaining about the number of cars now traveling through neighborhood roads, some at high speeds.
One Glenhaven resident, Jesse Butler, said the cul-de-sac he lives on is highly congested with vehicles that think they can cut through the neighborhood, realize there is no exit and then turn around—further crowding the street. “Please correct before a child is hurt!” Butler wrote to Burke.
Below is Burke’s May 31 response to Butler:
I have heard that Glenhaven is being used as a cut-through by many in the area. The Sheriff's office is patrolling the area regularly and will continue until the construction is complete. I actually drove through this evening and two deputies drove in the opposite direction, passing me. I do definitely understand your concern and have passed them on again to the sheriff's office. There is really no simple fix as we desperately need the infrastructure improvements. I have been told if they were to not close the road for the two months, it would be a very long process. I will see if there is anything else that can be done to help besides the local traffic only signs that have been posted.
In a June 2 email, Burke told Butler that county staff and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office are working on an alternate maintenance of traffic in addition to traffic safety. She said that Fire Rescue and EMS response is also a factor in the road closures and, therefore, they cannot close down entrances into the Glenhaven neighborhood.
Below is the county’s June 5 traffic and road closure update regarding Sandridge Road and its timeline:
Sandridge Road from Henley Road to Eagle Haven Drive is closed for road reconstruction through August 1, 2023. Traffic is detoured via County Road 739 (Henley Road) and County Road 209 (Russell Road). Please be patient while driving in the area, go slowly and pay attention to the signage.
Contractors are coordinating with Clay County District Schools and intend to complete road construction in front of the Lake Asbury elementary and junior high schools during the summer break to minimize traffic impacts. Drivers should also anticipate daily, intermittent, single-lane closures on Sandridge Road from Eagle Haven Drive to Russell Road (County Road 209) for pond excavation, utility relocation, and drainage work.
Click here for more information about current Clay County road projects.