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.
Project Summary – MLK Resurfacing & Redesign
As part of the Complete Streets initiative, the City of St. Petersburg will resurface and redesign Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Street to promote safe, continuous traffic and pedestrian flow while supporting business needs along the corridor. 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. View the project summary flyer.
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 the corridor for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
- 11/12/18 – Construction begins on concrete medians will be constructed at locations along MLK St N, near 12th Ave N, 15th Ave N, 19th Ave N, 23rd Ave N, and 29thAve N. The medians will consist of a protected walkable median, RRFB (rectangular rapid flashing beacon) push-button crosswalks, and ADA ramps on either side of MLK St N at these locations.
- 9/6/18 – Post-construction 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.
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 Complete Streets Process and Global Recommendation
- Project Funding Tiers
- Flexible Design Table
- Proposed Complete Streets Bicycle and Pedestrian Network Facilities Maps
- Proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Connection Highlights Maps
To be added to the email distribution of the Complete Streets Committee, contact Cheryl Stacks at email@example.com.