INFRASTRUCTURE – For a March 1, 2018 meeting of the Intergovernmental Agency Board of Directors, the staff of Blueprint 2000 has provided a status report on some key infrastructure projects, completed, underway and scheduled for Tallahassee.
Franklin Boulevard at Park Avenue, showing approximate location of repair work. | UrbanTallahassee Images
For years since the roadway was reconstructed from a 4 lane roadway with a ditch between the two directions of traffic to a 2 lane complete street with box culverts beneath it carrying stormwater, there has been a significant dimple in the roadway right at the intersection with Park Avenue. Motorist may have noticed it because it was guarded by three plastic barriers that one would have to maneuver around. Well, it has been fixed. According to staff, and as you can see in the picture above, construction and remediation work has been completed at no cost to Blueprint. The warranty period will end on April 10, 2018, and Leon County will resume maintenance of the roadway at that time.
Capital Circle Northwest/Southwest (Tennessee Street to Orange Avenue)
Photograph showing completed segment of Capital Circle Southwest between SR-20 (Pensacola Street) and Orange Avenue. | UrbanTallahassee Images
You might recall, this segment of road was expanded from a 2-lane undivided roadway to a 6-lane decided roadway. As you can see, construction is complete, and the project is approaching final acceptance by Blueprint. A grand opening for the recently expanded roadway is planned for later this year.
Left, exterior, right, interior of newly constructed replica Smokey Hollow Barbershop at Cascades Park | UrbanTallahassee Images
Tallahassee’s crown jewel just added another ornament. Smokey Hollow adds a Barbershop amenity. The Barbershop was installed on-site in November 2017. Blueprint is coordinating with the Smokey Hollow Citizen’s Committee, the John Riley House & Museum staff, and other local partners regarding a grand opening for early 2018. According to a plaque installed on site:
“Here stands the last remaining commercial building from the once vibrant Smokey Hollow community. This structure served not only as a locally run barbershop but as a place where community members came to swap stories and hear the news of the day. Run by Raleigh “Mr. Barber” Powell, the building was a one-man operation that contained a barber chair, sink, stove heater, and enough benches to accommodate those who would come for a haircut or conversation.”
You may notice from the interior the sink, stove heater and benches are not there, however, the installation of this barbershop to compliment the framed homes of Smokey Hollow truly add some historic charm to this section of Cascades Park.
Capital Cascade Trail Segments 3D-A (Pinellas to Gamble Street)
Ditch project along Lake Bradford Road. | UrbanTallahassee Images
Roadway and trail construction began in April 2017 and is expected to be complete in late 2018. The double box culvert installation is nearing completion, and the Gamble/FAMU Way Roundabout opened to traffic in November 2017
Projects Under Design
Capital City Amphitheater Weatherization
Image showing Capital City Amphitheater Stage in 2015. | UrbanTallahassee Images
At their February 13, 2018 meeting, the Leon County Board of County Commissioners approved a concept to reduce rainwater impacts on the Amphitheater stage and to mitigate sound. Leon County Tourism is the fiscal agent for the overall project. Blueprint will assist with managing the design and construction of the Amphitheater canopy extension, which is anticipated to be complete by the end of the year. The concept also includes drainage improvements to the back of the stage and the purchase of sound mitigation panels. The City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs will provide construction and project management services for the drainage improvements to the back of the stage.
Magnolia Drive Multiuse Trail
Image Source: Leon County Public Works
Per the direction of the IA Board at the December 5 meeting, Blueprint is coordinating with Leon County and City Electric Utilities to evaluate undergrounding electric utility lines throughout the entire project corridor. A detailed evaluation of undergrounding utilities in coordination with the Magnolia Drive trail project is included as Agenda Item #11.
Capital Cascades Trail – Segment 3
Segment 3D (Gamble Street to Central Drainage Ditch) – Right-of-way acquisition is underway.
Capital Cascades Trail Segment 3D Regional Stormwater Management Facility (SWMF) – The multi-agency Stormwater Working Group has recommended a preferred design for the Segment 3D regional stormwater facility. The Blueprint Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) will meet on February 12, 2018 to review and discuss design characteristics including a trash collection system and aesthetics.
Capital Circle Southwest (Crawfordville Road to Orange Avenue)
Funding – Funding for right-of-way acquisition and construction is included in the current FDOT Five-Year Work Program. Funding details for each segment are as follows:
- Springhill Road to Orange Avenue
- Right of Way: Acquisition Underway
- Construction: Funded in FY 2021 in the amount of $56,371,402
- Crawfordville Road to Springhill Road
- Right of Way: Funded from FY 2018 thru FY 2020 in the amount of $16,313,600
- Construction: Funded in FY 2022 in the amount of $32,903,420
Design – FDOT has completed 90% construction plans and in October 2017 held a public meeting to review these plans. Based on feedback received from that public meeting, FDOT will move forward with final design.
Right-of-Way –Right-of-way acquisition from Orange Avenue to Springhill Road has begun with Blueprint acquiring property on behalf of FDOT.
Woodville Highway (Southside Gateway)
Graphic rendering of topical section of Segment 4 of the Woodville Highway expansion project. | FDOT
From FDOT documents:
The intent of these projects is to improve the traffic flow through the Four Points area of SR 363 (Woodville Highway) and SR 61 (Crawfordville Road), and to widen SR 363 (Woodville Highway) from 2 to 4 lanes with buffered bicycle lanes between Capital Circle and Gaile Avenue. Improvements also include re-alignment of the St. Marks Trail, sidewalk construction, widening of Ross Road and Tram Road, the extension of Tram Road, and the construction of 5 stormwater ponds and a closed storm sewer system.
Segment 4 (SR 263 to Gaile Avenue) is funded for right-of-way acquisition beginning fiscal year 2018. Segment 5 (Gaile Avenue to Paul Russell Road) is funded for right-of-way acquisition beginning fiscal year 2019. Neither segment is funded for construction in the current FDOT Five-Year Work Program.
- Right-of-Way – Right-of-way acquisition is underway through FDOT and is scheduled to continue through FY2020. Projects in Planning or Preliminary Design