Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents Scrutinize Roadways Questions Asked at GACC Meeting

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents Scrutinize Roadways Questions Asked at GACC Meeting

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Arlington residents are concerned about their roadways.

They know they need new or wider roads to handle the traffic generated by the somewhat explosive growth of the East Arlington area.

But they want to make sure those new and wider roads will not disrupt the peace and quiet of their residential neighborhoods.

More than 50 people eager to learn more about Jacksonville Transportation Authority projects in the Arlington area jammed a meeting of the Greater Arlington Civic Council Thursday night in the community meeting room of the Regency Square branch library.

Roger Sharp, the JTA's deputy director of engineering, attended the meeting armed with maps and design drawings of three of those projects -- the Wonderwood Connector, the Regency Bypass and the Monument Road widening.

Monument Road, which is being widened to four lanes between Florida 9A and McCormick Road, is taking longer than originally scheduled, Sharp said, because the JEA was given permission to install two 36-inch water lines for future water demand. Although that move is adding 180 days to the construction schedule, Sharp said it will provide savings in the long run because a newly constructed roadway won't have to be dug up for expanded utility installation.

The road is being rebuilt with a median wide enough to accommodate two additional lanes if they are needed later. Sharp assured the gathering that the project includes significant landscaping and the median landscaping will have irrigation.

The $10.4 million project includes bike lanes and sidewalks and should be completed next spring.

The first phase of the Regency Bypass project will consist of two elevated ramps to connect the Southside Connector with the Arlington Expressway, Sharp said. A second phase, which would connect the Southside Connector to Monument Road, is included in Mayor John Delaney's Better Jacksonville Plan, which will face voters in a half-cent sales tax referendum. …

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