City Update for the Woodlands from Mayor Gomez

1) At the June 8, 2022 Commission meeting, Mayor Gomez requested to extend the Woodlands Overlays until July 12, 2025.  It passed 4-1.    

 2) As we know, the accidents at Commercial Boulevard and Woodlands Boulevard are increasing. Mayor Gomez has been pushing the County and FDOT for help with this for years, and she has started to see some progress. A couple of months ago, the County extended the red/green light timing and fixed some of the traffic light fixtures. 

Now within the next few weeks, the County’s Traffic Engineering Division will be installing flexible yellow reflective back plates for the eastbound and westbound Commercial Boulevard signal head displays where possible based on meeting minimum vertical clearance from the roadway. The existing east/west signal heads are oriented in the horizontal position in order to meet the minimum vertical clearance from the roadway due to the sag of the older concrete pole and span-wire support system, and therefore, not all backplates may be able to be installed due to clearance issues. Reflective backplates have proven to be an effective means to add visual contrast for the red-yellow-green LED indications, particularly during dusk, dawn, nighttime, and inclement conditions. 

Additionally, County staff will also be installing additional 4-section “T” signal heads (dual red indications) with reflective yellow backplates on the far-side concrete signal poles to increase the visibility of signal head displays for eastbound and westbound drivers. Supplemental signal displays have also been shown to be an effective safety countermeasure. FDOT has concurred with these recommendations and has authorized the County to proceed. We expect this work to be completed within three weeks.

The Mayor has also been advocating for a dedicated left turn light (red/yellow/green) for eastbound and westbound. As to that, the County’s update was as follows:

FDOT is looking into the possibility of rebuilding the traffic signal to new structural mast arms as part of its upcoming adaptive signal control project in this area. The protected-only left turn phasing and the number of signal heads needed for each lane would be evaluated as part of that design effort. FDOT indicates that a new mast-arm signal is only in the early stages of consideration and the scope and schedule is subject to change.   She will continue to advocate for the changes that are needed for everyone’s safety!

3) Speeding on Woodlands Boulevard

The Motorcycle Division was out last week. It appears their last visit here had some impact as this time there were only 12 citations; six of which were for speeding. All 12 of them were residents.

4) Noise Ordinance (to include ability to regulate party houses) The proposed Ordinance was sent back to the City Staff for revisions to strengthen the ability to enforce the same.

 5) Parking Ordinance - The proposed Ordinance was sent back to the City Staff for revisions to strengthen the ability to enforce the same.