Forward Pinellas as the unified MPO/PPC has been tasked by a special act of the state legislature to coordinate transportation and land use planning in Pinellas County. One way to strengthen this coordination is to incentivize transportation investments so they serve as a catalyst for transformative redevelopment, particularly through the implementation of “Complete Streets” projects.
Complete Streets are designed, operated and maintained for all users, regardless of age or ability, based on the context of the roadway and its surrounding area. Through collaboration with its committees and board, Forward Pinellas has developed an incentive program to assist local governments in planning, designing and constructing Complete Streets projects.
The Forward Pinellas Complete Streets Program provides competitive funding for both the planning and construction of complete streets projects countywide.
2019 Complete Streets Program
To continue the momentum of implementing complete street treatments throughout Pinellas County, Forward Pinellas has announced a fourth round of funding for complete street concept plans and construction projects. On Tuesday, October 1, a call for projects was sent out to the local governments of Pinellas County asking for applications to request funding for complete street projects. A committee of technical staff from local government agencies will review the applications received and make a recommendation to the Forward Pinellas board to fund one or more of the applications received. Up to $100,000 is available for the development of concept plans and up to $1 million will be available for construction projects.
Seven applications were received for the 2019 Complete Streets Program. Applications were due by 5 p.m. on December 13, 2019. Application criteria can be found here. The Forward Pinellas Board will award funding at its March meeting.
Concept Planning Applications:
2018 Complete Streets Program
Five applications were received for the 2018 Complete Streets Program. The City of Clearwater had its $50,000 concept plan awarded, and the City of St. Petersburg also received $50,000 toward its concept plan. The City of St. Petersburg’s complete streets project in the Deuces area was added to the Forward Pinellas priority list for funding.
Concept Planning Applications
2017 Complete Streets Program
Four applications were received for the 2017 Complete Streets Program. In March, the Forward Pinellas Board recommended advancing both construction applications to be added to the priority list for funding, with the Oldsmar project prioritized above the Largo project, and the Dunedin project receiving concept plan funding.
2016 Complete Streets Program
In last year’s inaugural funding program, the successful applications that were awarded funding in March 2017 are listed below.
West Bay Drive Pilot Project
Forward Pinellas conducted a Complete Streets pilot project that proposed concepts for West Bay Drive between Clearwater-Largo Road and the
Belleair Causeway Bridge. The final report can be viewed here.
For additional resources on what Complete Streets are and successful examples, please visit the websites of some of our partners.
For additional information, please contact Chelsea Favero at 727-464-5644 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.