Remember the “temporary” traffic light at U.S. 1 and College Road North that was installed during the Cow Key Bridge construction? It’s coming back — permanently.

Sheriff Rick Ramsay and officials from the Florida Department of Transportation confirmed for the Keys Weekly that a traffic study was completed, and the light will be reinstalled.

The temporary signal actually belonged to the contractors who were heading up the bridge reconstruction project that required several months-long lane shifts. 

Now FDOT will install its own signal. No timeline had been established as of last week, but a two-man crew was seen surveying the area on May 11.

College Road is the horseshoe-shaped road that joins U.S. 1 in two places. Along the road are Key West Golf Course and residential homes, Lower Keys Medical Center, Key West Health & Rehabilitation Center, Florida Keys Mosquito Control offices, College of the Florida Keys, the Florida Keys SPCA, Gerald Adams Elementary School and other city facilities. 

The city of Key West is also building a new affordable housing neighborhood near the south entrance to College Road.

The new, permanent traffic signal will make it easier for motorists to turn from College Road onto U.S. 1, where, without the light, a left turn is nearly impossible.

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Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. She's married to a saintly — and handy — fisherman, and has been stringing words together in Key West since 1998.