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Complete Streets

Complete Streets

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.  Public Workshops and an online survey were completed in March and April 2017.  The Implementation Plan is currently being drafted with a target of being approved in mid-2018.  Draft materials are included below:

          Proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Highlights

A Complete Streets Committee has been established to guide the program.  This committee meets monthly to both steer the development of the Implementation Plan as well as to help share information about projects being developed that have transportation impacts in St. Petersburg.  To be added to the email distribution of the Complete Streets Committee, contact Cheryl Stacks at cheryl.stacks@stpete.org.

Dr. M.L. King Street N. Resurfacing

*Update*

City Transportation staff are meeting with residents and businesses in July to finalize the Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N. redesign plan between 4th and 30th Aves. N., taking into account current and future transportation needs, economic development and safety goals.

Following community meetings in November 2017-June 2018, a concept involving turning one of five traffic lanes into a bicycle lane in each direction and adding several crosswalks has emerged as the preferred alternative. This proposal is based on transportation data and community feedback.

Transportation staff will continue talking with and receiving feedback from citizens and businesses over the coming weeks, which could result in changes to the current proposed plan. A final decision on design is expected in early August.  Construction is expected to begin later this summer with an expected completion in late 2018.

Project Overview

The city of St. Petersburg is planning to mill and resurface Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Street from approximately 5th Ave. N. to 34th Ave. N. in 2018. 

Resurfacing of Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N. provides an opportunity through the city’s Complete Streets Program to begin to implement changes to roadway striping enabling safer streets and allowing for smooth, continuous traffic and pedestrian flow while supporting business needs along the corridor. Proposed recommendations include enhanced crosswalks, parallel neighborhood greenways, and bike lanes. 

Since late 2017, 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 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N. for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians as a part of the Complete Streets program. Roadway striping changes would be implemented during the planned resurfacing of the corridor from 5th Ave. to 34th Ave., scheduled to begin as soon as mid-May.  Further improvements to the corridor, including enhanced crosswalks with medians at certain locations, would follow the resurfacing project in late 2018-19. The city presented its proposals to citizens during a joint neighborhood meeting on April 5, 2018.

An overview of the project and the City's process to determine the proposed changes were provided to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street Business District at their meeting on June 5, 2018. The presentation included the results of a review of projects from around the country that included road diets or lane conversions to understand the economic impacts of these types of changes. A summary of the review findings is also below.
Fact Sheets from the USDOT regarding Road Diets
Road Diet Mythbusters
Debunking Road Diet Myths

 

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