City has opportunity to voice preference on San Marco Avenue's future
Changes may include bicycle/transit lanes
The city’s adopted vision plan, 2014 and Beyond, identified the primary concern of the community that was expressed repeatedly: traffic and parking.
"Traffic and parking were consistently identified in every conversation with every group, thus we recommend that the first priority of the City be developing and implementing a holistic solution that encompasses parking solutions, alternative means of transport, creative uses of existing assets, and accessibility." (from the 2014 and Beyond Vision Report)
Now, with the planned resurfacing of San Marco Ave., the City of St. Augustine has the opportunity to voice its preference for the future of the important corridor that will move toward a fulfillment of those ideas set forth in the vision.
As a state road, San Marco Ave. south of State Road 16 (SR-16) is under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). In plans to resurface the road in February 2018, FDOT, by mid-July, will have to finalize plans for re-striping the road and that presents some opportunities for reconfigurations. Before deciding what to do, the FDOT is asking the city if it has a preference between leaving the lanes and parking as is, or make changes that would allow for bike and transit lanes in addition to vehicles.
FDOT has determined that some parking spaces along San Marco Ave. no longer meet its standards for safety and will be removed. For instance, some parking spaces are close to a residential street’s intersection with San Marco Ave., making it difficult for drivers to clearly see oncoming traffic. Other spaces will be removed because they are in the area of the upcoming redevelopment of the San Marco Ave./May St. intersection.
Generally, there are two options for the city to consider.
Maintain San Marco Avenue as it is with on street parking between W. Castillo and SR-16, but reduced by 40% (from 125 to 75 spaces) by FDOT to improve sight distance at intersections. Additionally, without bicycle lanes, the entire roadway will be designated as shared lanes, or sharrows.
In the case of Option 2, the city will introduce an improved system of side street parking and small off-street parking lots to support businesses in the area and will add a trolley/transit stop in the Uptown area to further enhance pedestrian accessibility to businesses.
Save The DatesMonday, June 12: City Commission will hear a city staff presentation on the available options during its regular meeting starting at 5:00pm in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St., and may be seen on GTV/Comcast channel 3 or on-line at www.CityStAugTV.com. View the staff PowerPoint Presentation to be provided to the City Commission on June 12.
Wednesday, June 21: The city will host a public information meeting starting at 6:00pm in The Alcazar Room, to share maps and illustrations, answer questions and gather public input on the project.
Monday, June 26: City staff will present a follow-up report to the Commission at its regular meeting which begins at 5:00pm in The Alcazar Room, City Hall.
If the Commission waits until its July 10 meeting to announce its preference, the city may host one additional public informational meeting before that date. The FDOT is not expected to hold any public meetings until after the City Commission makes its preference known, but the state agency has indicated it is necessary to have plans finalized by mid-July to meet its work schedule
For quick reference answers, check out the 10 FAQs About San Marco Transportation Alternatives, or visit www.CityStAugMobility.com for all of your Mobility information. Call the Public Works Department (904.825.1040) for more information about the project or the public meetings, or send an email to Mobility@CityStAug.com.