Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents Air Road Concerns Noise, Dust, Traffic Bother Neighbors

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents Air Road Concerns Noise, Dust, Traffic Bother Neighbors

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The good news is that the ongoing widenings of Old Kings Road and Powers Avenue between University Boulevard West and Baymeadows Road are officially half done and slated to end on time.

But the bad news city officials heard from residents during an hourlong town meeting Tuesday on the $8.7 million road project is that it is dirty, noisy and a hassle they want ended soon.

About 60 people who live along the three-mile route attended the meeting at Wolfson High School to get an update from City Councilman Matt Carlucci, city officials and contractors.

Those who live near the Habana Avenue leg of the project had the most complaints.

After showing Carlucci a bag of metal fragments she said had flattened her car tires, Suzanne Sauls handed over a petition with 48 names on it, pleading for Habana to be paved immediately to stop the constant dust storms.

"I have a red picnic table in my back yard that is now white," she said. "I keep my house closed up, but I am constantly dusting, constantly changing our air filter. There are 48 of us that would like to have Habana paved by the end of this month."

Getting the paving done by Thursday isn't possible, said contractors. But Carlucci said he would do what he could to speed up the planned mid-March paving date.

"I'm no engineer, and if I had a magic wand, I'd wave it and pave tomorrow," he said.

The city will widen Powers between Old Kings Road South and University Boulevard West to five lanes with curbs, gutters, sidewalks and bike lanes for $5.7 million by late February 2002, while the $3 million project to widen Old Kings Road from Powers to Baymeadows Road to three lanes with curbs, gutters, sidewalks and bike lanes is slated to be done this November.

City Engineer Ed Hall told residents that contractors opened up the newly paved eastern section of the Powers Avenue project on Monday and began tearing up the western side of the roadway to widen it. Old Kings Road project manager Tom Kaiser said workers will pave the southbound part of that road from Baymeadows Road to Brompton Court by March 15 so current traffic can be shifted to two new lanes. …

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