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Big Plans for West Tennessee Street

By: Matt Galka, Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Matt Galka, Angelica Alvarez Email

Tallahassee, FL - Many people describe road work as a necessary evil. Improvements are welcome, but the process of getting there can cause headaches. Starting in January, those headaches will start to pound for drivers, and businesses, on the already, very crowded Tennessee Street.

The City of Tallahassee will start ripping up the road between Monroe Street and High Road to replace pipes.

"The water pipes under Tennessee Street are about 50 to 60 years old so they're ending the end of their life span," said Alison Faris with the City of Tallahassee. After that the Florida Department of Transportation will then resurface Tennessee from North Monroe to Ocala Road next fall.

Tuesday night, the City of Tallahassee and FDOT, hosted an informational meeting about the construction plan. Lee Schneider, the district manager of Moe's on Tennessee was there. He said, "It'll be inconvenient in the short term but it's a necessary thing so we'll roll with it."

He says the City of Tallahassee has assured him that customers will have access to the Moe's parking lot during the entire project.

The majority of the construction will take place along Tennessee's Street's northernmost travel lane and will be performed during nighttime hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. At the end of each evening's construction activities, the driving surface will be restored with asphalt patching and the lanes will re-open to traffic for daytime use.

If you have any concerns or questions can call 891-6163 or email Charles.Savering@Talgov.com.


Tallahassee, FL - There are two different construction projects about to begin on West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee.

Now Tallahassee and the state of Florida are about to begin major construction, so will it slow drivers down even more? The City says no.

The City of Tallahassee is trying to prevent a problem on West Tennessee before it happens.

Alison Faris, City of Tallahassee Communications, stated, "pipes along West Tennessee Street are 50 to 60 years old and they're at the end of their lifespan, so they need to be replaced."

Work will begin on underground sewer and water pipes stretching from High Rd. to Monroe starting in January. The city says that the 2 mile project won't add to Tennessee Street’s traffic trouble.

Alison Faris, City of Tallahassee Communications, "Tennessee Street is a major thoroughfare and we understand that. So a construction project like this will cause traffic delays and to mitigate the city is going to do a majority of the work during the nighttime hours."

But businesses have their concerns about the project. Four Points Sheraton GM Bo Schmitz says the night time work will be fine for some businesses, but not his.

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"Being a hotel, we're going to have guests wanting to use our hotel during the day and the evening. Some of the work being done in the evening is concerning to us, we know that it needs to be done, however we're going to work with the city, and the state of Florida, to work through those situations as best as possible to make sure our customers are impacted as little as possible."

There is a meeting going on right now at the main branch of the library to discuss the project. Schmitz said he is attending the meeting to voice his concerns and hear other business' concerns. Now when the city wraps up its project in August, hopefully, the state D-O-T then comes in to resurface the road in the fall of 2013, meaning West Tennessee construction could be going a full year. Their representatives are also at the meeting tonight.


Tallahassee, FL - The first of two major construction projects on one of Tallahassee’s busiest streets is about to begin.

But will the project cause even more traffic congestion?

The city says that an underground utility replacement project on west Tennessee Street "shouldn't" affect the daily commute, but there are more than just traffic factors to consider.

The city's project to replace aging sewer and water pipes begins in January, and then the Florida d-o-t begins a repaving project in the fall of 2013. Both the city and f d o t are holding a joint meeting to discuss concerns about the project that could last the better part of a year. Besides traffic congestion, there are also dozens of businesses along the proposed 2 mile strip from high rd to Monroe Street that could be impacted.

Sue Dick,Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, stated, "this is a large project that's going to take a lot of time over the next year and our businesses, whether a customer can get into the actual businesses and knowing that they are up and running. So it's very important that the businesses provide input and the city assists as they are in providing information."

The public meeting with the city of Tallahassee, the Florida department of transportation, and local businesses starts at 530 at the Leon County Public Library main branch.


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