As one of Florida’s most unique and vibrant communities, demand for office, housing and services in Downtown St. Petersburg continues to grow. At the same time, people are looking for more ways to travel in and around the community. To ensure inclusive economic growth and opportunity, and sustain Downtown’s mix of institutions, jobs, services, arts and culture, it’s critical to understand the ways in which the transportation network can help meet the area’s needs for improved access, connectivity and mobility.The Downtown St. Petersburg Mobility Study will be engaging the community to help define a vision for multi-modal mobility in the greater Downtown area, look at ways to improve mobility, livability and economic vitality and identify and prioritize transportation projects, large and small.
Study Approach and Team
As part of the study, we will be reaching out to neighborhoods, community stakeholders and business groups to solicit feedback, interactive surveys, crowd sourcing and virtual outreach to share study information and solicit input from every angle.
The Study Team includes representatives from partner agencies including the Florida Department of Transportation, City of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), and Pinellas County who will guide the study through participation in a Technical Advisory Group and provide oversight. This group will help us understand what is happening in the area, provide a technical perspective on potential projects and connect our study with existing community partners.
The study area includes the Innovation District and 18th Avenue South to the south, 22nd Street to the west, 9th Avenue North to the north, and Tampa Bay to the east and will specifically focus on addressing improvements in the downtown area. Insight from anyone who lives, works or visits the area is welcome and will help guide the study.
The focus of potential improvement projects will be concentrated around key corridors in the downtown, including one-way pairs and other priority arterial roadways. Specifically, we’re looking at opportunities to address key one-way pair roadways, including 8th/Dr. MLK, Jr. Streets and 3rd/4th Streets, changes to I-175 and I-375, transit and trail access and general mobility improvements. These few examples are a part of the greater study and feedback to these roads may help shape the future of mobility in Downtown. As part of the process, we’ll test a range of scenarios to see how they impact the entire study area from a transportation perspective.
The study officially kicked off in February 2020 and will conclude in summer 2021. The anticipated project schedule, including approximate timeframes for all outreach will be evaluated throughout the study to follow social distancing recommendations.