Jacksonville, NCDOT aim to reduce congestion, improve mobility in area

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Jacksonville and the North Carolina Department of Transportation are collaborating to improve some roadways as part of their infrastructure project. 

The first part of the project is widening Gum Branch Rd. and Western Boulevard. Improvements at the intersection of Gateway North and South will follow. 

This is just a few of the streets that will be renovated over the next ten years through the Transportation Improvement Program. A total of 23 projects are on the list. 

The majority of the money for the improvements will come from the state which will cost $300 million. 

The goal is to improve mobility, safety, and reduce congestion in certain areas. 

“Each one of the projects that’s included in the ten year program is unique and so they have their own challenges, their own opportunities but I think as whole of the projects all of the projects are moving foward very well,” said Transportation Services Director Anthony Prinz. 

Construction for Western Blvd. and Gum Branch Rd. is set to start sometime in January. 

Prinz adds road work will occur at night with some exceptions during the day-time with certain closures. Motorists will be informed. 

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