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Homeowners upset about Overland Bridge project

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Updated: 7/25/2013 6:44 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- It's a noise Carl McCall didn't sign up for. He's lived in HIS St. Nicholas home for 30 years but now, it's anything but peaceful.

"Now that the houses and trees are all gone, the noise level has gone up 40, 50 percent," he said.

The Department of Transportation made a deal with McCall's neighbors. They give up their property, they get a lump sum in return.

McCall says the problem is, he's been left behind-- and it's affected his property value.

"Who wants to buy a house when the view out your front yard is traffic on the interstate and noise you can hear 24 hours a day," he asked.

The project will include adding an exit to Atlantic Boulevard and widening the overpass. It's a massive undertaking that will benefit drivers down the road. DOT representatives tell me they have all the properties they need through imminent domain but McCall is still holding out hope.

"Ideally, I'd love for them to say 'let's put another lane in, take the houses across the street, give me the money they gave the people across the street and I'll be gone in a heartbeat," he said with a smile.

The Overland Bridge project is expected to be finished mid-2016.
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