Portion of Gaines Street Opens

By: Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Angelica Alvarez Email

Tallahassee - June 5, 2012 - 11:46pm

Gaines Street from Macomb to Railroad Avenue is now open for two way traffic again. For more than a year residents have been dealing with the road closures on Gaines Street.

"This is all part of the commission's mission for an 18 hour downtown., " said Steve Shafer, an engineer for the City of Tallahassee.

The closure has now gotten one block smaller. Business owners say it's progress but won't provide too much relief.

Steve Gilbert owns Action Auto right there on Gaines near the corner of Macomb. He says the construction has driven customers away.

"It's affected my business from day one, top of the hill I've lost $1,100 a day, for a year and six months, " said Gilbert.

Even though he is upset about losing profit, he says he is impressed with the construction company and says he's been kept informed on everything they're doing.

And the City of Tallahassee says the project will eventually benefit everyone in the long run.

"Getting two way traffic open to Railroad is a big deal for us because Railroad Avenue is a North South link, this is just going to help traffic flow in the area for sure," said Shafer.

The city plans to link Gaines Street to Lake Bradford, which they say will be an added bonus for the crowds that come for FSU football games. Gaines turns back into a one way street past Railroad Avenue to Woodward.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM
    "I've lost $1,100 a day, for a year and six months...." hahahaha what a joke! ROFL! That was great! $1100 a day...still laughing!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM in reply to
      We don't think its that funny
  • by Tally Resident Location: Tally on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:30 AM
    We need Gaines Street to be 4 lanes, not 2 lanes. This is an incredible waste of money; worse, it is a detriment to those that commute on Gaines Street. Building up Gaines Street is like polishing poop, it does not work.
  • by Questions on Jun 6, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    Is the project on time? Is the project on budget? I'm asking because no story for a very long time has mentioned either of these two very important details. Does anyone know?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM in reply to Questions
      I believe they are WAY over budget
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      by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:50 PM in reply to Questions
      This isn't something put out in a press briefing, so it doesn't get out. You have to ask the city. Once again a person asking people on a comment sections questions that they know should be directed somewhere else.
  • by Tallahassee Resident on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:19 AM
    Road diets save money; I thought all the right-wingers _wanted_ less government.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM in reply to Tallahassee Resident
      Are you suggesting that Tallahassee is run by right-wingers? You're right that we do not NEED to upgrade Gaines St. It's a waste of public(taxpayer) money.
  • by roger on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:13 AM
    well, Mr. Gilbert, it is time to take what money you do have, get the other businesses on Gaines Street and fight to get rid of the morons in city hall...If not, you are just part of the problem.
  • by TallyVoter on Jun 6, 2012 at 04:38 AM
    The city has taken a busy 4 lane road and reduced it to a choking two lanes in an effort to forcefully create a socially active area that has already become established in midtown. The Railroad/Gaines street area has it's own identity which is not nearly as gentrified as that of Midtown yet, the city wants to impose that same gentrification on it and destroy what it has now. Why do that when there is already an area that meets that need? This will be another failed attempt by the city to create something with little thought or long term planning. What they want is already there, but they fail to take advantage of it because it doesn't fit their fantasy.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:30 AM in reply to TallyVoter
      Thank your mayor.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:42 AM in reply to TallyVoter
      If you build it they will come!
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      by Stating TheObvious on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM in reply to TallyVoter
      Oh yes it does meet their fantasy. Marks and his posse has built a funnel to route mostly defenseless certainly clueless but affluent victims into the 'hood for his cousins to prey on. I would fully expect him to be reelected by an african landslide as long as he cares to remain in office. Sorry, but someone has to be realistic about what is really behind this project . . .
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