Gainesville City Council on Tuesday OK’d final changes to improve traffic flow along Airport Parkway and alleviate congestion.
Public Works Director David Dockery has said the sliver of West Ridge Road jutting off Queen City Parkway and into the Airport Industrial Park can get backed up during rush hour, and it’s also been costly to maintain given existing traffic patterns.
The road has been used for truck driver training and also as a turnaround spot for those looking for access to nearby Interstate 985.
The big rigs often pinch the sharp corners of Airport Parkway, and new signage is in place prohibiting such traffic, according to city officials.
Changes will include making Airport Parkway a two-lane, one-way loop to keep traffic flowing in and out.
The concrete median at the intersection of West Ridge and Airport will remain, while new striping is needed to direct traffic. Finally, small alterations to curb line and additional paving to produce dedicated turn lanes are necessary.
The project will cost less than $40,000, according to Dockery.