The City of St. Petersburg adopted a Complete Streets Policy on November 2, 2015 (#020400), which was echoed by a Complete Streets City Council Resolution 2015-540, to encourage streets that are safe and convenient for all users of the roadway, including persons walking, persons riding bicycles, motorists, persons with disabilities, users and operators of public transit, seniors, children, and movers of commercial goods.
Complete Streets create better transportation environments for people of all ages and physical and economic abilities to safely and comfortably move around the city. Complete Streets are flexible and take into account the surrounding land uses they’re intended to serve and related transportation network connections. The City of St. Petersburg is fortunate in that the street network is a grid and that provides significant transportation mode options and viable route alternatives. The Complete Streets program aims to make strategic connections and improvements within the grid of streets such that a network of routes and facilities are provided for all modes to safely and comfortably reach all parts of the City. Learn more about the Complete Streets program in this presentation.
The Complete Streets Policy outlines the approach and steps the City will pursue to achieve a network of Complete Streets in St. Petersburg, including the creation of a Complete Streets Implementation Plan which is currently underway. A public survey in spring 2017 was followed by four public open houses in Summer and Fall 2017. With draft recommendations ready in Fall 2017, the City pursued the MLK Street N resurfacing project as a pilot to test the concepts within the plan and make sure there was ample time for public awareness and feedback on the overall plan.
In December 2018, the City held a fifth public open house to present the Complete Streets Implementation Plan recommendations allowing for final input from the public before finalizing the plan. View the December 2018 Complete Streets Public Open House materials for an overview of Implementation Plan highlights. The Complete Streets Implementation Plan has been drafted with a target of being approved in early 2019. The final comment period for the plan ended on March 15, 2019.
Project Summary – MLK Resurfacing & Redesign
As part of the Complete Streets initiative, and taking advantage of scheduled routine resurfacing maintenance work, the City of St. Petersburg has redesigned Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Street. to promote safe, continuous traffic and pedestrian flow while supporting business needs along the corridor. The plan includes roadway resurfacing work from 4th to 34th Avenues North, adding buffered bike lanes from 4th to 30th Avenues North, and enhanced pedestrian crosswalks. In order to accommodate wider bike lanes and reduce motor vehicle speeds, one of five motor vehicle lanes will be repurposed. View the project summary flyer.
From late 2017 through mid-2018, city transportation planners have gathered suggestions from residents and business owners in the Crescent Heights, Crescent Lake, Euclid-St. Paul, Historic Uptown, Magnolia Heights, and Greater Woodlawn neighborhoods to identify ways of improving safety and traffic flow along the corridor for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
- 11/12/18 – Construction begins to install enhanced pedestrian crossings along MLK St N, near 12th Ave N, 16th Ave N, 19th Ave N, 23rd Ave N, and 29thAve N. The crossings will consist of a raised concrete median, RRFB (rectangular rapid flashing beacon) push-button flashing lights, and ADA-compliant ramps on either side of MLK St N at these locations.
- 10/1/18 – All resurfacing and striping complete on MLK; design being finalized on new crosswalks.
- 9/6/18 – Post-construction commencement presentation #1 was given to City Council detailing the project and the process that was used to develop the recommended changes to the roadway striping.
- 9/4/18 – Construction begins. The milling and resurfacing work is scheduled nightly from 7 pm through 5 am. The work will begin in the northern part of the project, with paving and lane changes from 30th to 34th Avenue North completed within the first three days. The rest of the resurfacing will progress over the next two weeks, weather permitting.
- 8/24/18 – Notification letters sent out.
- 8/23/18 – City of St. Pete Transportation staff announced plans to move forward with the proposed plan at the Aug. 23, 2018 Council meeting. Construction is projected to begin in Sept. 2018 with further improvements to the corridor, including enhanced crosswalks with medians, taking place in late 2018-19. Presentation available for review.
- 8/15/18 – An overview of the project and an outline of the City's process to determine the proposed changes were provided at the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) monthly meeting.
- 6/5/18 – An overview of the economic impact, general project plan and an outline of the City's process to determine the proposed changes were provided to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street Business District.
- 4/5/18 – As a result of feedback and transportation data, the city presented a preferred alternative plan to citizens during a joint neighborhood meeting.