Jacksonville gets community’s input on intersection construction

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The busy intersection at Marine Boulevard and Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville may soon undergo construction, but some businesses and residents have mixed feelings on the proposed changes.

“We want to add another turn lane from Marine Boulevard onto Gum Branch Road, and then we want to add a right turn lane from Bell Fork Road onto Marine Boulevard,” said Anthony Prinz, Jacksonville Transportation Services director.

The city is held a public information session Thursday evening.

The project is ahead of schedule, so city officials got the community’s input at a public information session Thursday evening.

“Before we actually go out there and execute, we want to get feedback from the public,” said Prinz. “Do they support it? Do they not support it?”

Opinions around the city are mixed.

“An extra turn lane and less wait time at these lights (allowing) better access into these small businesses would be great,” said Kerry Dupree of Sophie’s Trophies.

Resident John Matson said he thought the emphasis should be placed somewhere else.

Resident John Matson said he thought the emphasis should be placed somewhere else.

“In my own personal opinion, there’s places that could use a lot more attention than 17 and Bell Fork,” Matson said.

Around 45,000 cars travel through there per day. That number is expected to increase to 60,000 within the coming years.

“The traffic models that we have say that it’s necessary,” said Prinz. “So do the crash reports.”

The project is slated for completion by 2020 but may be expedited depending on how the public session goes.

There are more projects planned for Jacksonville roadways in the future as officials work to address other heavily congested areas.

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