City to Move Forward with MLK Resurfacing and Reconfiguration
St. Petersburg, FL (August 23, 2018) – The City of St. Petersburg is moving forward with the MLK Resurfacing and Reconfiguration project, the next initiative in the Complete Streets Plan. The project will improve road safety and mobility options along and across Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street North by reconfiguring the lanes and adding crosswalks. Design changes responsive to citizen concerns during an extensive public engagement process will be included. Construction is set to begin after the Labor Day weekend. Notification letters will be sent out tomorrow, August 24.
"I am excited to move forward on this important project, which will improve the quality of life and safety of our residents while providing a positive economic impact to businesses along this corridor,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman. “I want to thank those who made their voices heard and look forward to continuing to transform St. Pete into a city of safer streets for all transportation modes.”
City staff began holding public input meetings in November 2017 as the roadway was due for resurfacing as a result of age and deteriorated pavement conditions, which also meant the roadway has to be restriped. The plan will include resurfacing work from 4th to 34th Avenues North, add bike lanes from 4th to 30th Avenues North, and add five enhanced pedestrian crosswalks. In order to accommodate bike lanes, one of five motor vehicle lanes will be repurposed. The final design is anticipated to result in moderate travel time increases for motorists while providing a higher level of comfort and safety for all roadway users including people walking, biking, driving and using transit.
The resurfacing and reconfiguration plan is a part of the larger Complete Streets initiative that builds on the City’s long-standing Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan and other safety initiatives, while also supporting Mayor Rick Kriseman’s Health in All Policies Administrative Policy, as well as sustainability and resiliency efforts.
To learn more about the MLK project, Complete Streets initiative and related updates, visit stpete.org/completestreets.