Traffic light coming to S.R. 44 at Sugar Mill Drive in NSB

Resurfacing of four-lane road to be completed in August

New traffic light to be installed at Sugar Mill Drive and SR 44 in New Smyrna Beach / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer photo by Henry Frederick / The blinking light at State Roadd 44 and Sugar Mill Drive will soon be replaced with a regular traffic light. The signal light qill cost $61,000, along with a $5 million resurfacing of the four-lane road, all paid for by the Florida Department of Transportation,

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The intersection of State Road 44 and Sugar Mill Drive soon will be safer for motorists with a new traffic signal to be installed in Auguest, a city official said.

“The new traffic signal is a result of a State traffic impact analysis to improve safety at the intersection – particularly the southbound left turn lane for Sugar Mill Drive motorists,” said Kyle Fegley, a city engineer.

“The signal also will facilitate future U-turns for eastbound S.R. 44 motorists cueing at the intersection,” Fegley added.

Resurfacing of S.R. 44 between Jungle Road and S.R. 415 also is expected to be completed in August, Fegley said.

Travel lanes, turn lanes and road shoulders are being milled, resurfaced, restriped and will have new reflectors. The new signal will fall between signals at the I-95 ramps and Glencoe Road.

The $61,000 signal installation and $5 million resurfacing project are funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.  

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