Bypass road proposed in Quincy

By: Lanetra Bennett
December 6, 2016

QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- "They'll run right in the back of you," said Quincy resident Shironda Gunn, referring to semi-trucks. "They cause a lot of problems." She said.

Some of those problems might be alleviated with the new South Quincy Loop... a proposed bypass road in Quincy.

State officials say the purpose is to reroute heavy traffic of semi-tractor trailers from going through downtown.

"It would be a great idea to have one on this end because it's so congested, so much traffic; considering they've put a new restaurant here. So, it'll be a good idea," Gunn said.

A spokesperson for The Florida Department of Transportation says it hasn't been determined specifically where the bypass would be built, but it would start somewhere on Pat Thomas Parkway and end at U.S. 90.

Quincy resident Patricia Howell said, "If I'm in a certain location and a truck is trying to turn, I'm nervous, I'm wanting to back up, I'm afraid that I'm going to be hit. There isn't enough room it doesn't appear to me, for trucks to make those turns downtown."

D.O.T. officials say there will be a feasibility study and an environmental study for the project. They plan to evaluate viable alternatives and area needs.

"I'm glad to hear that," said Howell.

There's already a bypass road in Quincy. The North Quincy Loop was opened January 2015 for the same purpose.

"I haven't seen the difference with the other one. But, it's possible that this would. I don't know," Howell said.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host a public kick-off meeting concerning proposed improvements to South Quincy Loop. The meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 8 at the University of Florida IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST.

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