Waiting For The Widening To FinishSep 20th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Front Page
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The widening of the road at the intersection of Base and Duval Streets has some people up in arms. People are getting stuck at red lights, waiting on people to make their turns and the turns seem risky, especially if the turn involves a log truck or another semi. A barrier, which has been set up in front of CVS Drugstore at the northern intersection of Base and Duval, has some people concerned about safety. Safety is what prompted the barrier, Laurie Windham, Public Information Officer for the Northeast Florida Road Construction unit of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) said. “It’s there to protect the workers,” she said. “As soon as the work is done, it will come back down.” Windham said that they are trying to watch the road congestion very carefully. The overall project includes reconstructing and widening the intersection. “We will also be adding a left turn lane on 53 (Duval),” Windham said. She also noted that the project called for replacing and upgrading the traffic signals and adding pedestrian countdown timers at the pedestrian lights. Widening will be most pronounced at the southwest corner (next to Subway). It will be made 10-15 feet wider. At the southeast corner, it will be widened five feet. At the northwest and northeast corners, it will be widened six feet for each turn. The construction project officially began Sept. 3, which was mainly the staging of signage for the work. On Sept. 9, the FDOT held an open house on the matter.
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