JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local Jewish community is one step closer to implementing a new safety plan at a San Jose Boulevard intersection.
In a closed-door meeting that lasted almost two hours at Etz Chaim Synagogue, members of the Jewish congregation met with state and city leaders and representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation.
"We've had two tragedies along San Jose in the last few years and enough is enough," said State Rep. Charles McBurney.
Leaders discussed everything from extending crosswalk timers to potentially having service officers posted at the intersection.
While Rabbi Yaakov Fisch welcomed those suggestions, his ultimate goal is the construction of a pedestrian overpass.
"We really want them to give serious consideration to a pedestrian overpass considering how many people cross that street on a regular basis," said Fisch.
Action News reporter Lorena Inclan asked the FDOT's head engineer, Greg Evans, if building the overpass would be financially feasible.
"It's not an issue of finance to us. It's a concern of need, how many pedestrians do we have out there, and that's a study we're going through now to determine if there is a justification or need to warrant that expense," said Evans.
According to Evans, one of the challenges is figuring out a solution that respects the Jewish community's practice of not activating electronic devices on the Sabbath. Once both sides agree on a device, it'll be purchased and implemented.
Fisch had been advocating for enhanced safety measures even before the most recent death, but this time he's confident it's a not a matter of what will change, but when.
The group will meet again in two weeks to go over a progress report.