Employees To Start Training In New Jacksonville Public Safety Center

The Jacksonville city manager hopes the opening of a new $30-million public safety center will bring new life to the downtown area.

Richard Woodruff says people will start training in the 95,000 square foot facility in one week.

He says furniture should be moved in by the end of August.

It took seven years of planning, two years of construction, and $30-million in tax dollars to get this center built at the corner of Marine Boulevard and Court Street.

The building replaces the police station and fire station next door, which were built in the 1950s.

About a hundred people will work at the new building, including dispatchers from the Onslow County Emergency Operations center.

There will also be a high-tech intelligent traffic system that can monitor 73 intersections in and around Jacksonville.

Woodruff says, "We're able to modify the actual green light, red light sequence at these intersections. The DOT funded this project. It will be the most technologically advanced traffic control system in the state of NC when it is operational."

The $4-million traffic system must be operational by October 1st under the city's agreement with the DOT.