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Neighbors push back against Woodville Highway project

Posted at 4:47 AM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 04:47:32-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A Project on Woodville Highway is moving along. But now neighbors are pushing back on that construction.

Construction near Woodville Highway and Crawfordville Highway isn't anything new.

10 years ago, the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency started development for their Woodville Highway Project.

"Primarily, it's looking for longterm traffic relief, improving the Woodville Highway Corridor, dealing with some of the issues with Gail, Woodville, and Crawfordville Road," said Greg Slay, Executive Director CRTPA.

But people in one part of Leon County aren't happy with the direction that project is going.

"Really, the South East of Tallahassee is not in this vicinity. It's in the distant vicinity. Those are travelers that may or may not travel on this road. We travel on this road everyday," said Sue-Ellen Gardiner.

The plans would put a one way road onto South Adams and South Monroe Street.

People living in the southwest portion of the southside, met to discuss how they plan to stop that project.

"We can't effectively change anything if the people don't know," said Sue-Ellen Gardiner.

Neighbors got the chance to grill CRTPA Executive Driector Greg Slay with questions about the project.

"I don't know that a lot of the answers took away our concerns," said Gardiner.

Slay says that the project is the CRTPA's number one priority right now.

While not out of the realm of possibility, it's not likely that change will happen.

"The project has been completed but if we were to do a redesign, that would significantly delay the project," said Slay.

Still, the community plans to continue to fight back until they feel certain that the project isn't going to dump unwanted traffic into their front yards.

There will be another community meeting in Woodville August 27.

We'll update with the time and location.

The CRTPA will meet September 16 at 1:30 p.m. to take public comment about the project.