BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The owners of Rib City Restaurant see and hear crashes regularly at the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and First Street in Grant-Valkaria.

What You Need To Know

  • Crashes occur often at the US-1 and First Street intersection in Grant-Valkaria

  • Judy Pozgar says a traffic light is needed to slow down drivers

  • FDOT is studying the area for possible safety improvements 

  • No decision has been made yet, an FDOT spokeswoman says

“There's constantly north-south traffic, and when the people are on 1st Street, trying to go north, that's where the hardest part is,” says Judy Pozgar, who along with her husband own the restaurant located at that corner.

The restaurant's security camera spots crashes frequently.

“There’s a big break between red lights, and the next red light isn’t until Sebastian,” she says.

The Florida Department of Transportation indicates that the intersection is part of a big project from the Brevard-Indian River county line to north of Goat Creek in Grant-Valkaria.

The project is currently designed for safety improvements.

"The intersection in question at First Street is also currently being evaluated by staff," FDOT spokeswoman Peyten Maki said. "This study measures numerous factors — including traffic data, the proximity of existing traffic signals and the configuration of the roadway."

Pozgar said there needs to be some sort of traffic signal at the intersection to slow down drivers.

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