City Of Jacksonville Will Now Pick Up Storm Debris From State Roads

Oct 26, 2017

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday that although the city hadn’t been responsible for collecting debris from state roads like San Jose Boulevard, that’s changing.

“The state this morning reached out to us and our team and have asked us to take those roads over so we’re adding those roads to our pickup,” Curry said.

Mayor Lenny Curry was out Thursday morning visiting a temporary debris collection site on Philips Highway.
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He said that shouldn’t impact the city’s pickup timeline. Curry was out Thursday morning visiting a temporary debris collection site on Philips Highway. It’s one of 12 established around the city since Hurricane Irma.

Backhoes were scooping yard debris from huge mounds and then depositing the scoops into a chipper that spits it out as mulch. Curry said the mulch will be used to coat landfills.

Curry said the city’s collected more than a million cubic yards of debris and traveled well over 3,000 miles cleaning up, which he said is an aggressive effort.

The Philips Highway temporary debris collection site is one of 12 in the city.
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“I recognize though that if you still have debris on your neighborhood and on your street, if you’re the last street picked up or cleaned up it doesn’t matter how aggressive this is, you want your neighborhood back to normal,” Curry said.

Curry said the city is expected to complete its 45-day round of storm debris pickup by November 9, then follow-up with a second pass.

Lindsey Kilbride can be reached at lkilbride@wjct.org, 904-358-6359 or on Twitter at @lindskilbride.