Input Wanted For Jacksonville Traffic

Got a problem with traffic in Jacksonville? Well here's your chance to let your voice be heard.

Tuesday the city's Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold a public workshop at the Jacksonville Mall.

Between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. people are urged to drop by and talk with the steering committee members and staff about transportation planning. It's also a chance to provide input on area road projects.

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  • by RetUSMC Location: Jacksonville on Dec 1, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    I am curious, where are law enforcement officials in the morning and afternoons? I can tell you, not where they need to be. I am lucky because i go in the opposite directions each day from thos going to Camp Lejeune. It is 8.3 miles from my house (Country Club Hills) to the Air Station. How many law enforcement officials do you think I see at 7 am or at 4 pm each day? Yes you guessed it - none. I am just curious, where are they at these times? Again not where they need to be. Back in the 70's when the traffic was no where as bad as it is today, the base opened 3 lanes into the base in the morning and 3 in the afternoon leaving the base. This went from the gate to the turn off at Sneeds Ferry Rd. Perhaps they should try that again. And why not open the Piney Green Gate for inbound only in the morning and outbound only in the afternoons. Makes sense, thats why its not done. Afterall, those who have the power to do something reside on base and don't have to fight the traffic.
  • by SKS Location: Jacksonville on Nov 21, 2008 at 01:28 PM
    2 Questions - When will TT connect to base? And how much longer will it take before base creates a sensible mass commute system? (And buses/taxis don't count)
  • by D Location: Jacksonville on Nov 21, 2008 at 05:02 AM
    The problem is not only the bottleneck at the main gate in the morning it is also that the Jacksonsville infratsructure is dated. The Base as well as the City need to come up with some solutions. Check the traffic going out the gate in the evening. The base and town have grown tremendously and the infrastructure has not, period. It will only get worse before it gets better, because this issue is nothing new and apparently not important to those who can do something about it. Those individuals need to ride w/ me for a couple of days and see how they like it.
  • by L Location: Sneads Ferry on Nov 20, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    The morning of 19 Nov. I left at my normal time only to stop on Hwy 172 about 1 mile past Four Corners heading to SF Gate and was stopped in bumper to bumper traffic. No wreck, only traffic, some as I gather from the comments that normally would travel thru the Front Gate. So now we have a hold up at all gates and with more military and civilians expected to arrive it will only get worse. What is this planning committee planning to do about this situation, nothing on this situation is talked about in the paper when this committee meets. They need to meet with the base officials and get alternative measures taken as traffic back-ups also affect traffic in Jacksonville. If the gate guards are more carefully checking everyones decal perhaps you should put more guards on the gate. How many hours past our normal (use to be normal) wake up time should we be expected to arise in order to get to work on time?
  • by k Location: jacksonville on Nov 20, 2008 at 12:49 PM
    Jacksonville needs to develop an efficient inferstructure for the growing needs of the city. There is NO mass transportation available for the majority of folks having to come to the city or Base to work. Carpooling is a difficult alternative for most folks. Taxis are not a solution. What about trains, buses, trolleys coming from out in the county into Jacksonville and Base? Why doesn't Base use "Easy Pass" to get on Base. Cameras and alarms would catch those trying to "sneak" onto Base and the flow of traffic could be eased. Base is causing thousands of people to leave a larger carbon footprint, idling in their cars waiting to get on Base. A 20-30 minute drive is now taking 1-2 hours. It took less time and more miles to drive on Long Island to get to work each day. Jacksonville and Base need to do something NOW! They have known this was coming and as usual, they've done nothing to be ready.
  • by Tammy Location: Bear Creek on Nov 20, 2008 at 11:31 AM
    Something has got to give with the traffic situation. I live in the Bear Creek area. It takes over an hour if I am lucky to get to work. It used to take 15-20 minutes. There has to be a better way. I leave a little earlier every day and I am stll late for work.
  • by B Location: Jville on Nov 20, 2008 at 10:22 AM
    It is absolutely crazy for this type of traffice to continue! There are ways to alleviate and control this problem Surely our community has enough brain power to brainstorm possible solutions and the backbone to implement their best choice. It does not make sense that our community has not made this a priority over the past 20 years. Maybe because this is not their immediate problem. After all, they are in the town, not driving on the base. However, those that are driving on base are wasting gas sitting in traffic. Therefore we have less money to spend in J'ville. Less money to spend in town equates to problems with area merchants. Then it coninues to the traffic going on base is a problem that belongs to most of us!
  • by Kathy Location: Jacksonville, NC on Nov 20, 2008 at 10:08 AM
    We have all known for several years that Camp Lejeune would be growing and J'ville would be home to thousands more Marines, Sailors and their families. Whatever happened to the "Five P's"? If traffic now is any example of prior planning for all the traffic trying to get on Base in the morning, Jacksonville is in serious trouble. We have heard,just this week,that any new roads and entrances to Base won't be finished till 2012 at the earliest. So I guess this means that everyone will have to suffer the increased pollution,spend more money on gas to sit in traffic for 1-2 hours everyday and virtual grid-lock. I think we understand the need for security, but to hold a city suspended in daily gridlock is unreasonable. If all the Base Generals and commanders had to sit in the traffic they are causing, I think some solutions would be found. If the city studied the number of cars, the amount of time spent sitting, the amount of pollution and gas being wasted it would be staggering.
  • by GOVT WKR/ RETIRED USMC Location: CLNC on Nov 20, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    Seems that since most of the Units aboard Base are back at the moment. This is the major cause of the traffic jams, and with more Marines living on the economy, that just means more cars on the road! The bottle neck is not the lights, it is the gates! As soon as you get through the main gate, traffic is pretty smooth once past Brewster Rd. Suggest that the Base look into staggered Hrs for Mil/ Civ workforce. I have been forced to go Sneads Ferry/172 to try and get to work in time. Hwy 24 is a parking lot by 6:15am. It is taking 1 1/2 - 2 hrs to get to work. Hopefully the BASE will come up with a solution soon!!
  • by J. Dayes-Pickering Location: Richlands, NC on Nov 20, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    Every Morning I (attempt)to be at work on time for 7:30 and have been late everyday this week. It Takes from 6:15 AM to 7:50 to arrive on base. That is almost a 2 hour commute (Now). This is a problem. We need to stagger the arrival time of the military. This is causing traffic back ups for hours. If they need to enter the base they only have two ways on locally. They should be made to arrive anywere from 6AM to 7AM to help ease the traffic for non-military. This back up will only result in a higher unemployment rate for Jacksonville. Employers will be forced to let go hard working people who simply can not make it on time. This is unfair and needs to be addressed ASAP by the town. The volume of traffic is now making it impossible to plan accordingly.

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