By: Lanetra Bennett
March 31, 2014
Courtesy Google Maps
Tallahassee, FL - FAMU Way is about to go a long way. Construction has begun on a project to extend the road near both universities. The extension project also includes sprucing up the area.
Tallahassee City Mayor John Marks says, "We're about to build the most beautiful road in the City of Tallahassee."
Preschoolers from New Beginnings at FAMU helped city officials and FAMU administrators break ground for the start of construction Monday.
FAMU Way will be extended from Wahnish Way to Lake Bradford Road.
Larry Robinson, Ph.D.,FAMU Interim President, says, "This is the entrance of FAMU. Thousands of students would get off the train here with nothing other than a bag and maybe a sandwich or something that their parents packed to go up this hill to find their future. So, this road is a very, very important part of a great legacy."
City officials say the much-needed east-west corridor will help alleviate traffic downtown.
The $37 million extension project will also include enhancements to the existing FAMU Way corridor between Wahnish Way and MLK. Blvd. There will be several roundabouts, landscaping, on-street parking, and more.
Darryl Jones, from the Citizen Advisory Committee, says, "Once FAMU Way is complete, people will want to live here. Businesses will want to move here. This roadway will become a source of pride for this entire community."
One more thing that city officials take pride in in this FAMU Way Extension Project, is that students from FAMU's School of Architecture helped with the design.
The project is expected to be finished by 2016.
News Release: FAMU
Updated: March 27, 2014, 5pm
Groundbreaking Ceremony for FAMU Way Extension Project
Monday, March 31 at 11 a.m.
Intersection of FAMU Way and Wahnish Way
FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson, Mayor John Marks, City Manager Anita Favors Thompson and City Commissioners will be in attendance.
The groundbreaking ceremony will officially kick off construction for the FAMU Way Extension Project. The project is a $37 million undertaking that will extend FAMU Way from Wahnish Way to Lake Bradford Rd. In addition, enhancements will be made to the existing FAMU Way corridor between Wahnish Way and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The project will be completed in three phases. Phase I begins in April 2014 and is expected to be completed by 2016.
A portion of FAMU Way, east of the Wahnish Way intersection, will be closed from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday, March 31, for the groundbreaking ceremony. Designated parking for the event will be available at city-owned lots along Railroad Avenue and in Railroad Square.
For more information, visit Talgov.com/famuway.
News Release: Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, Fla. -- Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 26, the City of Tallahassee’s Electric Utility will be installing duct banks for electric and gas lines along a portion of FAMU Way. The road will be closed between South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the entrance to the FAMU Child Development Center. The road will reopen by 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 2.
Duct bank work involves open trenches and heavy equipment. Barricades will clearly route traffic around the construction, which involves detours at South Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Gamble Street and Railroad Avenue. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are advised to use caution in the area and expect minor delays.
All businesses and schools in the area will maintain access by their normal driveways; however motorists could be required to approach from another direction or through the detour.
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