Forward Pinellas, working with its agency partners, is 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.
In addition to Forward Pinellas, the study is guided by a steering committee comprised of agency partners: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, City of Clearwater, Pinellas County, and the Florida Department of Transportation. Stakeholder coordination and public input is essential to shaping the outcome of this study, and public workshops will gather community feedback.
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This study focuses 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 will evaluate 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 FDOT corridor study of S.R. 60 from Bay Avenue to McMullen Booth Road that is scheduled to be completed in spring 2017, which is looking at intersection improvements and improving vehicle travel in the corridor. This study will incorporate the outcome of the FDOT study in its findings.
To address some of the safety and connectivity issues in this corridor, the study will look at options for Complete Streets strategies along S.R. 60, Drew Street, and Druid Road. 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.
We will seek community input and build consensus on ideal transportation strategies, and then outline steps to build and improve connections in the corridor.
The three-step process to select and build strategies will:
- Recommend investments that most effectively connect all transportation options to major activity centers like the airport, Downtown Clearwater, and Clearwater Beach, both as short-term and long-term priorities
- Identify agency partners’ roles and responsibilities to implement the priorities
- Provide planning level costs and funding options for implementation
This study began in fall 2016 and will be completed by fall 2017.
If you have feedback for the study, you can submit it through this form.