Forward Pinellas and its agency partners are seeking to improve safety and increase the number of transportation options along the State Road 60 corridor linking Clearwater Beach, Downtown Clearwater, and Tampa International Airport.
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Forward Pinellas began the SR 60 Multimodal Implementation Plan in 2016 with agency partners Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, City of Clearwater, Pinellas County, and the Florida Department of Transportation. The purpose of the plan was to identify short and long term improvements for enhancing safety and mobility. Stakeholder coordination and public input shaped the plan, including public workshops, meetings with community groups and local government presentations.
This plan focused not only on S.R. 60 (also called Court Street, Chestnut Street, Memorial Causeway, Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Courtney Campbell Causeway, and Memorial Highway) but also on the parallel roads of Drew Street, Cleveland Street, and Druid Road as well as the north-south connections between them. The study evaluated options for safe and efficient transportation, primarily between McMullen Booth Road and Clearwater Beach. In light of S.R. 60’s importance as a regional transit corridor, the study area, pictured to the left, extends to Tampa International Airport to include the planned PSTA SR 60 Express Bus Route. The planned route will provide a regional transit connection for residents and a transit option for thousands of visitors destined for Clearwater and its beaches.
This study is separate from the 2017 FDOT corridor study of S.R. 60 from Bay Avenue to McMullen Booth Road, which is looking at intersection improvements and improving vehicle travel in the corridor, but has incorporated the FDOT outcomes in its recommendations.
Complete Streets strategies along S.R. 60, parallel roads and north-south connections, were the major outcomes of the plan, which is available in draft form. Complete Streets – streets that safely accommodate people using all forms of transportation – are a vital part of livable, attractive communities. Everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, race, or ethnicity, ought to have safe, comfortable, and convenient access to community destinations and public places. Complete Streets provide that access, whether walking, driving, bicycling, or taking public transportation. Complete Streets can be planned to fit within available right-of-way and the existing character of the street and neighborhood.
The SR 60 plan identified Complete Streets strategies and projects that are short and long term, along with general cost estimates for those projects. Next steps in the corridor are to work with partner agencies to refine the projects and advance them for funding and implementation.