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Complete Streets

Complete Streets create better transportation environments for all ages and physical and economic abilities to safely and comfortably move around the city. Complete streets are flexible and take into account their surrounding land use regulations and related transportation network connections. Establishing Complete Streets will enable the City of St. Petersburg to further achieve its status as a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live, work and play.

Dr. M.L. King Street N. Surveys

Next year, 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. and is asking citizens and businesses in the Crescent Heights, Crescent Lake, Euclid-St. Paul, Greater Woodlawn, Magnolia Heights, and Historic Uptown neighborhoods to provide input about future redevelopment.

Resurfacing of Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N. provides an opportunity through the city’s Complete Streets Program 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. 

Best Workplaces for Commuters Award

St. Petersburg has earned the distinction as a ‘Best Workplaces for Commuters’ employer from the Tampa Bay Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) by expanding and promoting smart, sustainable commuting options.

The city has partnered with TBARTA to expand commuting options, including the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) Universal or U-Pass Program, which allows employees to ride city buses at no cost; improved, secure employee bicycle parking at the Municipal Services Center (MSC) building; and administrative policies that support telecommuting. Future plans involve implementing car- and vanpooling programs, additional options for bicyclists and pedestrians, and implementing flexible work hours.

Part of the city’s Executive Order 2017-01 Sustainable St. Petersburg, the award will play a key role in improving the city’s current 3-STAR Community certification to a 5-STAR Community rating by December 2019.

Tampa Bay Next (formerly Tampa Bay Express)

FDOT’s Tampa Bay Next is a program to modernize the Tampa Bay region’s transportation infrastructure and prepare the region for the future.  FDOT is addressing four distinct areas, which include transportation system design, traffic growth, transportation choices, and consensus.  FDOT is seeking to engage the community in a process to determine the right set of solutions for an integrated, multimodal regional transportation system.  In addition to Interstate modernization, the program includes transit service improvements, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, complete streets, transportation innovation and freight mobility.

Major transportation projects in the St. Petersburg area that are part of the Tampa Bay Next program include Howard Frankland Bridge improvements, Gateway Express, express lanes on I-275 from north of 4th Street to south of Gandy Boulevard, lane continuity improvements on I-275 from Gandy Boulevard to 54th Avenue South, and the Regional Transit Feasibility Plan.  More detailed information on these projects is provided below:

  • FDOT will be constructing a new bridge to replace the existing northbound span of the Howard Frankland Bridge.  The existing southbound span will be converted to northbound travel and the new southbound span will include four non-tolled lanes, two express lanes in each direction, and a bicycle/pedestrian trail.  The new bridge is being constructed so that it will be strong enough to convert the northbound express lanes to rail transit in the future, in which case the two northbound express lanes would be added to the northbound span. 

A public hearing on proposals to replace the northbound portion of the Howard Frankland Bridge was held November 16. Representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Tampa Bay Next heard from the public and answered questions about the proposed project. Comments may also be sent to  TampaBayNext@dot.state.fl.us

  • The Gateway Express project will create two new 4-lane elevated tolled roadways and consists of providing express connections from US 19 to I-275 and from the Bayside Bridge to I-275.  Construction is anticipated to start in the fall of 2017 and be completed by the fall of 2022.  The widening of I-275 to create express tolled lanes (one in each direction) from north of 4th Street to south of Gandy Boulevard will be constructed as part of this project.

  • FDOT’s lane continuity project will provide two continuous through lanes in each direction on I-275 from Gandy Boulevard to 54th Avenue South to reduce the need for frequent lane changes and enhance traffic flow. The project will address the existing issue of noise through the construction of noise walls and city staff is promoting express bus service.  Design funding has been programmed for fiscal years 2021-22 and 2022-23.

  • Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) received a grant from FDOT to begin work on the Regional Transit Feasibility Plan.  A draft plan including the five targeted corridors as well as a preferred mode of transit for those routes is expected to be complete in January. The plan is scheduled to be completed in October 2018.  Based on the evaluation conducted by HART and their consultant, the highest ranked alternative is a light rail service from Wesley Chapel in Pasco County to downtown St. Petersburg, through the University of South Florida/Tampa, downtown Tampa, West Shore, and Gateway areas.  A rubber tire vehicle in a fixed guideway along this same corridor is the second highest alternative.

Gateway Express Project



The Gateway Express project will create two new 4-lane elevated tolled roadways and consists of providing express connections from US 19 to I-275 and from the Bayside Bridge to I-275.  Construction is anticipated to start in the fall of 2017 and be completed by the fall of 2022.  The widening of I-275 to create express tolled lanes (one in each direction) from north of 4th Street to south of Gandy Boulevard will be constructed as part of this project.

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