John Young Parkway widening upsets some College Park homeowners

-  A 2.7-mile stretch of John Young Parkway is about get bigger.  The Florida Department of Transportation is preparing for work to begin widening JYP, from Shader Road south to Colonial Drive, turning four lanes into six lanes.  

Residents who live in the Spring Lake neighborhood of College Park are loaded with questions and concerns about the project.  

"We've already got a high noise output from the road that's there and they're going to be increasing it. It's going to  be affecting me and my property value so I'm concerned," said Scott Hudson.  

FDOT spokesperson Steve Olson says 50,000 vehicles travel that stretch a day, making this a much needed traffic improvement.  

"The issues that you have there are congestion, it causes some choke points, this is the logical progression since we recently widened the northern section," said Olson.  

Hudson's family has owned his property for 43 years.  He's upset the road will be growing closer to his property.  

"From what they just told me it looks like 38 feet, from the back of my house," said Hudson.  

He and his neighbors voiced their concerns Tuesday night, asking for a buffer.  

"Either a protection wall or a sound barrier along the wall like they've done on the other side of John Young Parkway," said Hudson.

The project is slated to take two years to complete and will cost approximately $28 million.  Olson says much of the construction will be done at night, not during peak traffic times. 

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