JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A regional transportation management center will soon be a vital part of helping first responders monitor our roadways.
And grassy area in downtown Jacksonville will soon be turned into a construction zone for that center.
A 25,000-square-foot facility will house first responders and traffic management agencies from four counties under one roof.
"They can respond to traffic issues and other incidents in a timely manner," said Jeff Shefield, executive director of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization.
This project is 10 years in the making.
State officials say it could reduce commute time for drivers by five minutes a day, but it all comes at a cost.
The total is $9 million the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization dedicated those funds a couple years ago recognizing it has a regional value," said Sheffield.
Florida Highway Patrol Captain Keith Gaston says response time for first responders could also shrink.
"I hope it does its able to know the type of response because sometime you don't know hen to send one trooper or two or a fire truck," said Gaston.
Construction is expected to start this month.
Sheffield says the project will be complete by the first of next year.
Developers say better traffic management could bring more business into the area as well.