New FAMU Way on the Way

Some major changes are being made near FAMU's campus to make things safe for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

The FAMU Way Extension Project is moving forward.

The Tallahassee City Commission approved the FAMU Way Extension Project. It will extend Famu Way from Wahnish Way/Railroad Avenue to Lake Bradford Road.

It includes a two-lane road with bicycle lanes, medians, and enhanced landscaping.

The project introduces something new to Tallahassee, which is back-in angle parking.

FAMU student Aishah Walker-Brown said, "As long as we get a parking space, we are okay with it. It doesn't matter how we have to park really."

In a community feedback survey, Back-In Angle parking tied with combination of Parallel and Back-in Angle as the top preference.

The project design calls for five-feet sidewalks on both sides of FAMU Way. Right now, there's a side walk on only one side of the road.

Another big part of the project are single-lane roundabouts at key intersections along FAMU Way. They are meant to help with traffic flow.

28 out of 37 people surveyed say they understand the benefits of using roundabouts and are comfortable with them.

FAMU student Cecily Staples said, "I guess it works both ways. Getting feedback from the community probably is a beneficial idea."

The back-in parking will allow people to park at an angle. They'll no longer have to worry about backing out of a spot without being able to see.

There were concerns about the project years ago. But, the recent survey shows majority of people surveyed support it.

Construction is slated to begin January of 2013 and the entire project is expected to be finished January 2015.

For more information on the FAMU Extension Project and feedback survey results, go to http://www.talgov.com/famuway/index.cfm.


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  • by readingisfundamental on Jun 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    Construction is slated to begin January of 2013 and the entire project is expected to be finished January 2015.
  • by Happy Location: Tallahassee on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    I'm very happy to see that the city isn't having any funding problems. Plenty of money for . . . beautification. Yup, this pleases me.
  • by Al Location: Tally on Jun 1, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    When does construction on this begin?
  • by Anon on Jun 1, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    Does the City know that FAMU Way is the detour for the Gaines Street construction? If they close FAMU Way too, you will have to detour at Orange Avenue, You know, where the main Post Office on S. Adams is. With gas prices this high, do you really want to drive about 7 - 10 miles out of your way every day? Tell the City to show they can finish one project before they get to start another.
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