New Traffic Pattern on Franklin Boulevard

By: Blueprint 2000 Press Release
By: Blueprint 2000 Press Release

Tallahassee, FL -- Blueprint 2000 announces that northbound traffic lanes on Franklin Boulevard are being temporarily converted to a two-way roadway from East Tennessee Street to Jefferson Street for approximately four (4) months. Southbound Franklin Boulevard will be closed to accommodate the relocation and replacement of overhead utilities, sanitary sewer and gas lines. This work is part of the Franklin Boulevard Flood Relief Project. The closure of southbound lanes and the northbound lanes conversion to two-way traffic is anticipated to begin on Monday, January 9, 2012, and continue through mid-April 2012. After this time there will be closures of the entire roadway until the anticipated completion date of August 2012. The east/west streets crossing Franklin Boulevard will be opened at all times, except for temporary closures to allow construction at the crossings.

Motorists travelling east on Tennessee Street will not be able to turn right onto Franklin Boulevard during this construction period. Detour routes will be clearly posted, as well as “Local Traffic Only” signs for access. Motorists are advised to use caution in these areas. Attached and enclosed is a map of the new traffic pattern.

Construction along Franklin Boulevard will involve enclosing the open ditch and installing a box culvert. Other activities include: reducing the street from the four existing lanes to two 11-foot lanes; adding 4-foot bike lanes, a 6-foot sidewalk, a 10-foot multi-use trail; and installing left turn lanes at Park Avenue, a southbound left turn lane at Jefferson Street, and a northbound left turn lane at College Avenue.

In preparation for the closure, Blueprint personnel will be stationed at the intersection of

Tennessee Street and Franklin Boulevard to pass out information and stress balls to motorists on Thursday, January 5th and Friday, January 6th from 7:30 a.m to 9:00 a.m.

The project is being funded by Blueprint 2000 and by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The estimated cost to construct the improvements is $7.8 million, which includes $4.2 million from CDBG. The CDBG grant is being managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

If you have questions, please contact Blueprint 2000 at 850-219-1060. For details on this and other

Blueprint 2000 projects, log on to

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  • by Chris Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    This really isn't a big deal at all - everyone hated on Gaines street and that has worked out great. Guess what - the city and these planners know what they are doing. There are plenty of alternate routes to Franklin and that doesn't even get that much traffic to begin with. People just want to complain about the government they elected.
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      by SNA on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM in reply to Chris
      I fail to see how Gaines worked out "great." I work a block away and see lines back up through traffic lights and had to wait 3 minutes to cross Gaines. That's not great, it's a $20M bottleneck.
  • by Roger on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    ASgree with you 100% SNA. They have no clue what they are doing and what is going on. And they wonder about government workers. Here is a great clue about lard-brik=cks, wether local, state, or federal. A waste of good money....wonder why this country is going down hill? great example here, and continuing right up to the White House. Ever sinse PC became important with the idiot Johnson...the dumbing down of America has continued down a steep slope......I feel for children and grandchildren, I will soon be gone.
    • reply
      by Thom on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:12 AM in reply to Roger
      You obviously are a sad human being with a bad attitude. I feel sorry for you.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 09:53 AM in reply to Thom
        Your ignorace shines right thru......
  • by SNA on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:38 AM
    One again the powers-that-be are ruining an important thoroughfare. Traffic engineering is sinking from a grade that had been a D to begin with. They've allowed urban sprawl and then ignore that this is a commuter town. Pathetic.
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