Wellington church addresses traffic issues caused by construction project on Forest Hill Blvd.

Posted at 7:37 PM, Sep 23, 2016

A construction project is underway right now in Wellington that forces many residents to make turns in places they didn't turn before.

Along Forest Hill Boulevard, construction crews are replacing a culvert and raising the road to prevent flooding, according to village officials.

The project started in July and will last until early December.

Right now, traffic is down to only two lanes of traffic on part of Forest Hill Boulevard, and barricades prevent many residents from being able to turn into their own neighborhoods.

"I can't make a left into my subdivision so I have to turn around at the church which is causing issues here," said Judy Jablonski.

Jablonski is forced to turn around in the parking lot at First Baptist Church.

"There's been some accidents because people are trying to come in and unfortunately people are getting hurt," she said.

Sergio Montoya is another local affected by the construction. He also uses the parking lot to turn around to get home.

"You just feel guilty. You feel bad," he said.

The church noticed the change in traffic, and addressed it on its marquee.

"We put up one last week that said 'Hey U-turners, please respect this house,'" said Pastor Terry Townsend.

Townsend said he's ok with people using the church lot, but encourages them to do so safely.

"They're coming in at a high rate of speed and there's already been four accidents-- so we're concerned about safety," he said.

He worries even more people will use the lot when snowbirds return to Wellington, and is even more concerned about Election Day in November.

"We have three polling precincts in the church. It's going to be a nightmare," he said.

As for now, the church isn't discouraging drivers from using their lot, but the pastor said they can't use it as an excuse.

"Turning around in the parking lot doesn't mean you went to church," Townsend said.