MLK Parkway widening project concerns residents

Residents worry about increased traffic; FDOT says concerns being taken seriously

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Construction around the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway when it passes through Talleyrand is concerning residents who live nearby.

Jackie Lattimore, who runs the neighborhood association, said they have a few concerns, including what will happen after the project closes down Haines Street and large amounts of traffic from JaxPort start driving through side streets all day. The project is meant to widen Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

"It would be more traffic in residential area. No sidewalks and a park in back where kids go to Russell Cook Park," said Lattimore.

Ruby McNeal worries about all the kids that walk through what has been a lightly traveled neighborhood for decades.

"Well, some boy's gonna get killed. Somebody's child is gonna' get killed," said McNeal.

Mike Goldman, of the Florida Department of Transportation, said these concerns are being taken seriously.

"They've had some concerns about additional truck traffic going through 21st Street, so we've put a stop light right where 21st Street meets Bennet, which is where the park is," said Goldman

He said FDOT is working to build a retention pond where Haynes Street is and has made other changes to the project.

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