Quincy Bypass Flap

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A group formed with Leon and Wakulla Counties to work on transportation problems is trying to find out if state funds could be diverted to Leon County for its road projects rather than Quincy.

It's a familiar sight in downtown Quincy, large trucks making their way through the narrow streets. City officials have been working on a project to create a bypass to divert heavy truck traffic, making it a pedestrian friendly area.

Arleen Houston, Director of the Building and Planning Department, says, "The major truck traffic and truck trailers cause damage to the streets as well as they try to make curves and turns that are actually not good for the buildings, and we have damage to the buildings as well as the Street Scrape Furniture that we put to the downtown.”

Quincy is part of the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency, but the city has a token vote on how to spend the more than $34 million set aside by the state. One Leon County commissioner says the bulk of that money should be allocated to their area.

Robert Rackleff, Leon County Commissioner, says, "We have unmet transportation needs here; for example, the four-laning of Mahan Drive, which affects tens of thousands of people, we're unable to build that right now.”

But Quincy city officials say they too have unmet needs.

Earl Banks, Quincy City Manager, says, "We certainly don't want the small counties like Gadsden and Wakulla Counties to be excluded we're definitely there trying to get our voices heard."

The Florida Department of Transportation will take its recommendations to the Legislature for final approval. Quincy's bypass project is slated to cost $18 million the next regional planning meeting is scheduled for December 8.