Phase Two of Midtown Transportation Plan begins

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By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 15, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The regional transportation agency is looking to ease congestion and make it safer to drive and walk in Midtown.

The Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency has been working to build the Midtown Transportation Plan. It wrapped up Phase One last month, and will begin Phase two this month.

Phase one included a technical review of changes that could be made to the Midtown area to improve transportation along the streets surrounding Thomasville Road. The review identified nine possible options for the area, however three were eliminated.

Options the agency is still considering include the realignment of Beard Street and North Gadsden Street; improving sidewalk connectivity throughout Midtown; filling in sidewalk gaps along North Gadsden Street; building a “Midtown Boulevard/Complete Street,” meaning a street designed for all users; making Thomasville Road one way southbound between Gadsden and 6th Ave; and making Thomasville Road one way from Gadsden to Monroe Street.

These options could stand alone, or multiple could be implemented in the area.

The agency will not move forward with the idea of a roundabout connecting Thomasville, Meridian and North Gadsden including all exists. Or, a roundabout connecting Thomasville, Meridian and north Gadsden with no Gadsden to Meridian movement. It also eliminated the idea of making 6th and 7th avenues bi-directional roadways.

The agency will now begin to move forward with Phase two, which is primarily about public input. Dates will be scheduled for extensive input from the community, and local stakeholders.

The CRTPA will meet on Tuesday at City Hall, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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