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Jax City Council To Consider Reallocating Funds To Infrastructure Improvements

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers
Jacksonville City Hall

One item on Tuesday’s Jacksonville City Council agenda would result in millions of dollars being invested in infrastructure improvements on parts of the Westside and Northside.

Councilwoman Brenda Priestly Jackson’s bill would see nearly $3.3 million taken away from a project to make Soutel Road more pedestrian friendly.

The $13.3 million dollar project aims to reduce Soutel Road from four lanes to three and to add bike lanes and other safety features to lower the number of pedestrian and bike crashes on the road.

Councilwoman Priestly Jackson’s proposal would reallocate this year’s funding for that project into a series of infrastructure improvements in her district:

  • $3 million would go towards improving the intersection of Soutel Drive and New Kings Road.

  • $250,000 would go towards restoring the drainage system at Kings Road and Dixie Street.

  • $10,596.25 would go towards restoring the drainage system at Cain Lane and Able Street.

Priestly Jackson is also looking to redistribute future funding allocations from the Soutel Drive project to a dozen other projects in the same council district.
The City Council is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13.

Brendan Rivers can be reached at, 904-358-6396 or on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.

Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.