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Blueprint Agency to recommend corridor aimed at reducing Leon County traffic

Posted at 6:18 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 18:18:49-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A plan is in the works to ease traffic issues in Leon County.

Thursday night, the Blueprint Agency will decide where the Northeast Gateway will go.

The Blueprint board will recommend one of five corridors that will reduce the amount of traffic on Thomasville Road, Mahan and Micosoukee.

The project also known as the Wilaunee Boulevard extension has been in the works since March 2019. Three of those options will take Wilaunee Boulevard over I-10 creating space for a new interchange.

People who are part of the Killearn Homes Association are now in support of at least two options after working with Blueprint staff an giving input.

Autumn Cordler says easing traffic in these areas are critical.

"This is intended to provide regional relief to our transportation network in the northeast area," said Cordler. "It's critical that the Northeast Gateway relieves traffic on Thomasville Road, and the I-10 interchange at Thomasville. But also relieve the transportation pressures on Centerville and Micosoukee Road."

The project is in the Project Development and Environmental Studies stage or phase one. That is expected to end in fall of 2020,

The board will be take community comment on the corridors. Blueprint staff hopes to start construction in 2022. The construction of phase one, is estimated to be $40 million, while phase two is about $31million.