Projects Initiated Under the BRS Program
Downtown-University Protected Bike Lane Project
Approved for procurement at the February 18, 2021 IA Board meeting, this approximately 2.5-mile project will provide a protected bike lane network. The network will run along West Pensacola Street from Tallahassee City Hall to Florida State University, then back downtown along St. Augustine and West Madison Streets, and south along South Adams Street to the Capital Cascades Trail.
Staff are negotiating the scope of services with design consultants under the Blueprint Continuing Services Agreements for the Downtown-University Protected Bike Lane, which is anticipated to take about six months once a consultant is engaged in design. Construction is estimated to begin in late 2021/early 2022, to coincide with City resurfacing work on Pensacola Street.
Ridge Road Trail
The first of three feasibility studies planned for FY 2022, the 1.98 mile Ridge Road Tier 1 BPMP Major Project will connect Crawfordville Road and the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail to Springsax Road. There are currently no bicycle facilities on this corridor, and nearly 10-15 percent of households in this area do not own a vehicle.
The project will also connect St. Marks Trail users with Silver Lake Park, and Lake Elberta through the Dr. Charles Billings Greenway, which is a segment of the FDOT SUN Trail. The BPMP proposes installing a multi-use path along the corridor, potentially by widening an existing sidewalk.
The BPMP’s proposed next step is a feasibility study, estimated at $25,000. Planning-level construction costs (with 20 percent contingency) in the BPMP range from $712,800 to $2,376,000. As part of the feasibility study, updated cost estimates will be developed.
Blair Stone Road Trail
The second of three feasibility studies planned for FY 2022, the 1.81 mile Blair Stone Road BPMP Tier 1 Major Project will complete a major gap in the bicycle network on Blair Stone Road from Governor’s Square Boulevard to Orange Avenue. The BPMP proposes implementing a multi-use path or designated buffered bicycle lanes.
A feasibility study is planned to determine right-of-way constraints along the corridor. The BPMP estimates a feasibility study cost for this project at $45,000. Planning-level construction cost estimates (with 20 percent contingency) in the BPMP range from $651,600 to $2,172,000. As part of the feasibility study, updated cost estimates will be developed.
Southwest Area BRS Project
The BPMP Tier 1 Neighborhood Network 3D project will provide a north-south connection between the Tallahassee Museum, the Florida State University (FSU) reservation, the FSU Intramural fields (Southwest Rec SportsPlex) and neighborhoods along Pensacola Street and Jackson Bluff Road that currently lack safe bicycle and pedestrian access to these locations. The University Greenway design included in the GWMP also would connect to Tyson Road and Eisenhower Street.
As part of the public engagement for the Capital Circle Southwest Greenways and Debbie Lightsey Nature Park, a connection from the Nature Park and the Rec SportsPlex was put forward by members of the public. Blueprint staff have explored opportunities to create this connection, potentially through a City-owned sand mine, and have discussed the connection with the City of Tallahassee and FSU Administration. All parties generally have been supportive, with acknowledgement that further design work and discussions were needed.
The Rankin Ave FGA project proposes a multiuse path from the Tallahassee Museum to Roberts Road with a connection to the Debbie Lightsey Nature Park. This project would be included in a proposed feasibility study.
As highlighted in the BPMP, this area has a high percentage of individuals living below the poverty level. According to the 2019 5-Year American Community Survey, over 40 percent of individuals in the area are below the poverty level. Additionally, over 8 percent of households in the area do not have access to a vehicle.
For FY 2022, a feasibility study is planned to analyze the best way to provide connectivity for these locations, and to analyze the available right-of-way to determine the appropriate facility for each segment. Based on estimates contained in the BPMP, the planning-level feasibility study estimate is $30,000.