Getting Around Gaines Street
Road Closure Begins May 5
April 21, 2014
Beginning May 5, the City of Tallahassee will close the intersection of Gaines Street and Woodward Avenue as Phase III of the Gaines Street Project continues. Gaines Street will be closed to through traffic from Lake Bradford Road / Stadium Drive to Railroad Avenue. Woodward Avenue will be closed south of Madison Street. Opening of the new intersection is scheduled for August 22 before the start of the fall 2014 university semester.
Detour routes will assist motorists travelling in the area. Business access signs will be clearly marked.
Local access for residents and businesses in the area will be maintained. Access to Bob’s Auto Repair and Master Craftsmen Studio will be maintained from the Lake Bradford Road/Stadium Drive intersection. Urban Outfitters will be accessible from Madison Street, while THE LOFTS and all other businesses will be accessible from Gaines Street east of the project.
Westbound through traffic on Gaines Street will be detoured at Railroad Avenue north to Pensacola Street.
Eastbound through traffic coming from Stadium Drive or Lake Bradford Road will be detoured north to W. St. Augustine Street.
Westbound traffic on Madison will be detoured north to W. Pensacola Street.
Traffic from Gay Street and from Stone Valley Road will not be allowed to head west, unless accessing one of the businesses.
This closure is part of Phase III of the Gaines Street project, which began March 1. Construction activities include:
- Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Gaines Street and Woodward Avenue
- Replacing curb, gutter and sidewalks, including building wider sidewalks to encourage safe pedestrian activity
- Repaving the street
Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and allow a little extra time for their commute. As a reminder, speeding fines are doubled in construction zones when workers are present. Please slow down for your safety and that of the crew.
The Gaines Street Project is part of the City Commission’s goal to create an 18-hour, pedestrian friendly downtown. Since the beginning of the project, the district has seen more than $240 million of new development. This vital link between both area universities and downtown is an urban corridor with public art displays, businesses and live/work spaces.
To stay up-to-date on the Gaines Street project and happenings in the neighborhood, check out the project’s Facebook page or follow @GainesStreet on Twitter. Information is also available on Talgov.com/Gaines.
John Desilets, Public Works, 891-8470; or Lizzy Kelley, Communications Department, 891-8533