An act relating to motor vehicle safety; requiring limited
access facilities that are adjacent to a canal or other
water body to have a system of guardrails, retention
cables, or other barriers between the highway and the
canal or water body; providing for the Department of
Transportation to establish certain standards governing
the installation and maintenance of the barriers;
requiring that barriers be installed for existing highways
by a specified date; providing an effective date.
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. Barrier required between a highway and a canal
(1) Each limited access facility in an area that has a high
volume of canals or narrow roadways that are adjacent to bodies
of water body must have a system of guardrails, retention cables,
or other barriers between the highway and the canal or water body
which are installed and maintained in conformance with standards
established by the Department of Transportation. The standards
should be designed to limit the loss of life by safely preventing
out-of-control motor vehicles from entering the canal or water
body, and may include criteria, such as the width or depth of the
canal or water body or its proximity to the traveled way of the
highway, in specifying where barriers are required.
(2) For a limited access facility in existence on July 1,
2008, the barriers required under this section must be installed
on or before December 31, 2011.
Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2008.