Tallahassee, Florida - April 7, 2011 -
In preparation for StarMetro’s Nova2010 route decentralization plan, which launches on July 11, StarMetro, along with the City’s Public Works Department, began construction this week on stage one of the sidewalk project. Construction on the sidewalk project, which consists of two stages, will total nearly $15 million.
Stage one of the sidewalk project includes the installation of 35 segments. These 35 segments represent ten miles of new sidewalks. For a complete list of stage one sidewalk segments, please visit Talgov.com.
“With the City Commission’s approval to fast-track the sidewalk project, construction on stage one should take three to four months to complete,” said Gabriel Menendez, the City’s Public Works director. “We hope to have many of the segments completed, if not under construction, by the launch date of StarMetro’s new system.”
In addition to the installation of new sidewalks, many intersections along these segments will receive upgrades that include curb cuts, pedestrian signals, painted crosswalks and audible signals.
“Today, only 74 percent of StarMetro’s system has sidewalk coverage,” said Ron Garrison, executive director of StarMetro. “Once stage one construction is complete, the StarMetro system will have 94 percent sidewalk coverage.”
Stage two construction of the sidewalk project should begin next calendar year. Construction for stage two will total nearly $6 million and will result in nearly five miles of additional sidewalk coverage.
For more information, please contact StarMetro at 891-5200 or visit Talgov.com/starmetro. Other ways to view information include liking StarMetro's official Facebook page at Facebook.com/starmetrotransit and following StarMetro’s official Twitter page at Twitter.com/ridestarmetro.