Kudos to your Op Ed on Feb. 10 regarding the folly of altering the traffic pattern at Highland Lakes to accommodate southbound traffic on Highway 27 in Leesburg.

Highland Lakes traffic will always use the median entrance at Legacy of Leesburg as it is the first available U-turn location. This makes the traffic flow situation even worse because the Legacy entrance it is a four-way intersection together with the Pear Park entrance on the opposite side of the highway. Southbound traffic on Highway 27 can also make a left turn into Legacy, and traffic exiting PEAR park can make a left turn in the median to proceed north on Highway 27.

I reside in Legacy and frequently visit PEAR park dog park. At times, I have had to wait as long as 8 minutes to safely cross Highway 27. Calendar year 2016 FDOT traffic data average is 24,500 vehicles a day. Obviously, most of this traffic occurs in daylight hours. The FDOT's assertions about the safety of this arrangement are seriously flawed. It increases the congestion at the Legacy/PEAR Park intersection, makes no accommodation for the age and response times of drivers in retirement communities, and is laughable by citing rear-end collisions at traffic lights. Maybe FDOT plans to eliminate the traffic signal at the entrance to Plantation. The idiocy must stop.

Richard Hazel, Leesburg