Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Traffic Jamplan on Table; JTA Takes Input on Intersections

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Traffic Jamplan on Table; JTA Takes Input on Intersections

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Byline: Carol Childers, River City News correspondent

Driven by the public's desire for better solutions to traffic jams in Arlington, officials with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority have developed alternatives for three key roads intersecting Atlantic Boulevard.

Kevin Feldt, senior transportation planner for the city of Jacksonville, and Victoria Pennington, traffic planner consultant, presented the proposals at the Greater Arlington/Beaches Citizens Planning Advisory Committee meeting this week.

Under way since March, the intersection improvement study performed under the Better Jacksonville Plan suggests designs that are required to improve intersection safety, provide an acceptable level of service to 2028 and minimize adjacent property impacts, environmental impacts and construction and acquisition costs.

Four proposed alternatives include an at-grade option that increases traffic lanes, a single point urban intersection overpass, a tight urban diamond intersection overpass and an elevated left turn similar to the Mayport flyover lane.

The single point and tight urban diamond options use the least amount of land, satisfy the future level of service and make driving through the intersection more efficient and safe, Feldt said.

JTA officials will present their findings and solicit public opinion during an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Landmark Middle School at 101 N. Kernan Blvd.. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

The traffic issue, especially on Kernan, sparked concern among residents of that area. Sandra Spencer-Shabla, president of the Laurel Springs Homeowners Association, who was concerned about the safety of school children, questioned why traffic was being routed down Kernan at all.

"Rather than using Kernan as a major artery, there should be some other way to route that traffic," she said. …

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