Rice Road and Shiloh Road will be improved in an effort to more easily move traffic through the area and increase safety.
The City Council on Wednesday gave approval for a $995,584 construction contract with Reynolds and Kay Ltd. for the project.
City Engineer Carter Delleney said the goal is to improve safety and traffic progression on Rice Road and Shiloh Road from Old Jacksonville Highway to essentially Rhones Quarter Road.
Some sections are four lanes with no center left turn lane, but with the proposed improvements, there would be a continuous left turn lane throughout the corridor, he said. Proposed improvements also include two lanes westbound and one lane eastbound. According to the presentation Delleney made Wednesday, there is more westbound traffic east of South Broadway Avenue, especially during morning peak hour.
The part of the corridor that is five lanes, including a center left turn lane, will get updated striping, Delleney said.
He said intersection improvements at Old Bullard Road and Rice Road also are planned, and sweeping right turn lanes will be placed on Shiloh Road and Rice Road.
“This improvement is expected to decrease the number of collisions and improve the progression through the corridor,” he said in a statement. “The addition of sweeping rights at strategic locations on Rice Road and Shiloh Road will improve traffic flow and the safety of the traveling public.”
“We’re excited about this project. It’s in the forecast to be built this fiscal year,” which ends Sept. 30.
Delleney estimated that the project, which, according to a news release, includes seal coat with a micro-surface overlay and new thermo striping, will take 45 to 60 days to complete once construction begins. It will be paid for through half cent sales tax.