Gaines Transformation Moves Into Second Phase

By: City of Tallahassee Release
By: City of Tallahassee Release

Gaines Transformation Moves Into Second Phase

One-Way Westbound Traffic Starts Monday


The wide sidewalks, beautiful landscaping and road changes that have transformed Gaines Street and brought new visitors and customers to the area will be expanded as construction on the second phase begins on Monday, Jan. 16.


A new traffic pattern is set to begin after the morning rush hour on Monday. Gaines Street will again become a one-way westbound roadway in the new construction area from S. Macomb Street to Woodward Avenue. Eastbound traffic will be detoured at Woodward Avenue north to St. Augustine Street, which is an existing eastbound only corridor. Signage will be in place to assist motorists with the new traffic pattern.


“Throughout this project, the community has been fantastic, especially the business community along Gaines Street,” said City Commissioner Mark Mustian, who was designated by the commission as the lead commissioner on the Gaines Street Project. “We not only want motorists to be alerted to the traffic changes, we also want to ask the community to continue to shop, eat and utilize businesses in this area. The changes on Gaines are unprecedented in Tallahassee and are making it a true destination district,” he added.  


The initial work will be focused on the 500 block of Gaines Street and the intersection of Gaines Street and Railroad Avenue, as these businesses were also impacted by the first phase of construction.


“We want to lessen the impact in this area as much as possible and anticipate having this first part of the work substantially completed in approximately 120 days,” said Gabriel Menendez, director of Public Works for the City. He added that every effort will be made through the entire project to maintain access to businesses.


The first segment runs approximately 750 feet from S. Macomb Street west through the intersection of Gaines Street and Railroad Avenue. The second segment, which will be started after the first segment is substantially completed, will continue the corridor's transformation west to Stone Valley Way.


The initial construction work will take place on the south side of the street (eastbound lanes), and the north side (westbound lanes) will remain open to traffic. A map of the new traffic pattern is available on Talgov.com/Gaines. Motorists are asked to allow more time for their travels in the affected areas and exercise caution on all roadways.


Construction during Phase 2 will include:



  • Reducing the number of traffic lanes from four to two;

  • Replacing curb, gutter and sidewalks, including wider sidewalks in many places to encourage pedestrian activity;

  • Repaving the street;

  • Upgrading traffic signals;

  • Adding median islands and landscaping, including constructing rain gardens where possible;

  • Installing enhanced crosswalks (both at signalized and mid-block locations);

  • Installing special lighting and street signs to designate the Gaines Street District; and

  • Maximizing the availability of on-street parking.


As part of the Gaines Street Revitalization Plan, Gaines Street is being rebuilt from a 2-way, 4-lane road to a 2-way, 2-lane street with limited on-street parking from Monroe Street to Woodward Avenue. The work along Gaines Street is part of the City Commission’s goal to create an 18-hour, pedestrian friendly downtown. During the coming years, as the economy improves and development demand increases, this vital link between both area universities and downtown will become an urban corridor with public art displays, businesses and live/work spaces.


In summer 2011, work was completed on similar improvements between Monroe and Macomb streets. Also, work has already taken place to replace deteriorating underground utilities infrastructure primarily between Railroad and Woodward avenues, and a portion of the electric lines along the corridor have been relocated.


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  • by Gang Location: Tally on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:44 PM
    When I first come to Tally in Jan, 2010, the Gains was under construction. Now two years passed it is still not finished. What a speed...And what's the point to "maximize" street parking on an already narrowed-down street with slope?
  • by D Location: Havana on Jan 12, 2012 at 04:53 PM
    I think this is the biggest waste of taxpayers money i have seen yet. I also avoid that area now since it takes so much longer to drive down it with fewer lanes. This is the first time in my life I have ever seen the answer to growth = downsizing
  • by Hope on Jan 12, 2012 at 03:44 PM
    I thought the city said that they ran out of money after the 1st phase. Where did the money come from?
  • by Waidaminute on Jan 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM
    Waidaminute. "brought new visitors and customers to the area" SAYS WHO !?!?! I drive that hellstreet every day twice a day and I say B.S.!!
  • by corry Location: tallahassee on Jan 12, 2012 at 02:07 PM
    I'm glad my tax dollars are being pushed into the construction buisness . It look like the jeb bush penny tax is paying off after all. Plus the presidents revitalization plan for the nation. Rick Scott might be putting people to work after all !!
  • by Roger on Jan 12, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    "The wide sidewalks, beautiful landscaping and road changes that have transformed Gaines Street and brought new visitors and customers to the area will be expanded ......... " Really, I have not seen any customers, I have driven on Gaines seversal times just to see and the big wide sidewalks are empty and no one in theeir right mind would ride a bike there....I avoid it like the plague when commuting...What a waste!
  • by Anonymous Location: LEon on Jan 12, 2012 at 01:15 PM
    And your attitude is in part why Wakulla is and always will be a crappy place to live.
  • by S Location: tally on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM
    this is what they call 'beautification'? Made the road pretty risky to drive at night, sudden 'crosswalks', narrowed road with useless 'extra wide' pedestrian walk zones .. wow !! what a waste of money. I wonder how much of the money to contractors were dealt under the table to city officials.
  • by J Location: Wakulla on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM
    Waste of money!!! Doing nothing but driving people away from the area. Nothing but trashy businesses there anyway. Glad my tax money isn't going down the toilet on this fruitless project.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM in reply to J
      What are your suggestions for future projects?
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 at 01:26 PM in reply to J
      It's not driving people away. I've seen people occupying that area all week.
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