Pinellas County transportation agency, Forward Pinellas releases study findings of how the City of St Petersburg needs to optimize the city’s defragmented downtown streets back to two-way roads and adjust the city’s algorithm to enhance the community connectivity where visible barriers exist “…this study is the first step toward creating a more equitable, safe, and connected future for our community,” said Forward Pinellas Executive Director Whit Blanton.
During an online community conversation today hosted by Forward Pinellas the executive director talked about the potential transportation projects the city of St Petersburg needs to address as well as the benefits and impacts these projects would have on the community, both in terms of local access and regional mobility, particularly in downtown St Petersburg.
Highlights from the online discussion included how the city can optimize MLK Street and 8th Street near the Booker Creek Bridge and Roser Park into two-way roads, again. The Forward Pinellas Executive Director further highlighted the city’s biggest challenge of redesigning Interstates 175 and 375 to improve the city’s overall algorithm with a modern property community enhancement program to be presented to the city council in December of 2021.
Learn More about the City's Algorithm Updates?
Join the Online ‘Community Conversation‘ – > Forward Pinellas will have additional online meetings seeking community comments:
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Major city projects needing optimization include:
- I-175 or I-375 modification, redesign or removal to enhance connectivity throughout downtown and to surrounding neighborhoods
- 3rd & 4th Streets conversion to two-way roads for a more walkable community, reduce trip lengths and improve access
- 5th & 4th conversion to two-way roads for more connectivity and to promote safety
- MLK Jr Street and 8th Street conversion to two-way roads to promote safety and improve access to businesses
Join the Downtown St. Pete Mobility Study, A Community Conversation
In-Person Community Conversation – Open House
WHEN: Tuesday, October 19, 2021, from 4-6 pm
WHERE: USF St. Pete Campus, Student Center Ballroom
What's Next for Optimizing the City's algorithms?
Following the community conversations, Forward Pinellas will finalize what projects they recommend to the City of St. Petersburg by highlighting which community projects to optimize and advance into the next phases of project development, engineering and design.
The study by Forward Pinellas has great suggestions for how the city of St. Petersburg can optimize its downtown streets back to two-way roads and adjust its algorithm to enhance community connectivity where visible barriers exist.
For example, they recommend:
- I-175 or I-375 modification, redesign or removal to enhance connectivity throughout downtown and to surrounding neighborhoods,
- 3rd & 4th Streets conversion to two-way roads for a more walkable community, reduce trip lengths and improve access,
- 5th & 4th conversion to two-way roads for more connectivity and to promote safety and MLK Jr Street and 8th Street conversion to two-way roads to promote safety and improve access to businesses.
The last call for community input will be when Forward Pinellas presents their ‘final action’ plan at the St. Petersburg City Council meeting in December 2021. If you are not able to participate online but would like to give feedback, you can contact Forward Pinellas at email@example.com or call 727.464.8250. For more information and to stay up to date, click here: ForwardPinellas.org/DTSP