FAMU Way: Project Overview & Background
Note: The image above depicts a potential modification to the approved route (including the related Capital Cascade Trail). The modification would have the route turn south at the railroad tracks to Gamble Street and then follow the existing Gamble alignment westward to Lake Bradford Road. [View a larger version of this overview map.] For enlargements of individual segments in the modified route, click on one or more of the highlighted areas of the overview map.
The FAMU Way Extension Project will create a new east-west roadway between the current end of FAMU Way at Wahnish Way and Lake Bradford Road. The project also includes enhancements to the existing FAMU Way corridor between Wahnish Way and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Once completed, the FAMU Way Extension Project will provide an improved, safer roadway and enhanced mobility in the southern region of the city, in addition to offering new benefits and recreational opportunities for the entire community.
The future design of the roadway, which includes wide sidewalks and on-street parking, will improve safety for both motorized and non-motorized uses; encourage bicycle, pedestrian and mass transit use; minimize social, economic and environmental impacts; and improve local traffic flow.
Blueprint 2000's Capital Cascades Trail project will also serve as a complement to the City's extension of FAMU Way, which includes the construction of a multi-use trail, playground, bicycle/pedestrian walkways and many other amenities that will run alongside FAMU Way.
The project will be completed in three phases. Phase one of construction began in April 2014 and consists of the reconstruction of the existing roadway beginning at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and will extend FAMU Way to Pinellas Street. Phase one is expected to be completed by 2016. The second phase will include extending the road to Gamble Street and should be complete the following year. The third phase of construction will extend FAMU Way to Lake Bradford Road and is projected to be completed by 2018.
At the direction of the City Commission, staff embraced the challenge of designing the extension of FAMU Way from Wahnish Way to Lake Bradford Road so that it not only meets the transportation needs of the community, but so that when completed, it is one of the most beautiful roadways in Tallahassee. The City engaged area residents and FAMU University throughout the design process while also working to minimize impacts to environmentally sensitive areas, historical neighborhoods and adjacent businesses and the University.
The original extension of the FAMU Way alignment was based on citizen feedback and approved by the City Commissioner in spring of 2010. In May 2012, the City had to modify the western segment of the route due to the fact that CSX railroad would not permit an at-grade crossing included in the original plan. This new alignment routes FAMU Way on a southwesterly course west of Pinellas Street and will connect to Gamble Street and follow Gamble Street until it meets Lake Bradford Road. In addition to being a more cost-effective option, the new route was actually the most preferred by citizens who participated in a survey that was conducted to get community feedback and was later approved by the City Commission.
Since the inception of FAMU Way Extension and due to its proximity to Blueprint's Capital Cascades Trail (Segment 3), the projects have been running on parallel tracks with the goal of delivering one seamless construction contract. The combined project has been segmented into several construction phases and is sequenced so as to deliver the improvements in a westerly direction, starting with the Van Buren Pond at Martin Luther King Boulevard and ending at Lake Bradford Road. This phasing will also allow us to begin construction sooner on the easterly segments while concurrently completing the design and right-of-way acquisition associated with revising the alignment of the westerly segments.
FAMU Way E-News
Thank you for your interest in the FAMU Way Extension Project. Among other channels of communication, we offer a series of email updates designed to keep you informed and engaged. You may subscribe to receive updates on this project via email:
- Go to the email notification service page.
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- Be sure to check the box labeled FAMU Way Extension Project: News and information on the FAMU Way Extension project
For questions or additional information about the FAMU Way Extension project, please contact the City’s Communications Department at 850-891-8533.