FAMU Way: Project Updates
June 2016 – Community Celebrates FAMU Way Milestone
Ten months after opening the first portion of FAMU Way and the Capital Cascades Trail, officials from the City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government and Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency came together once again to host a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the latest milestone in this multi-year project.
The newest portion of FAMU Way and Capital Cascades Trail runs adjacent to Railroad Square Art Park between Wahnish Way and Pinellas Street. To celebrate the opening, officials offered remarks and local children played on the area's new playground. Adults and children of all ages were also invited to explore and enjoy a number of additional unique amenities featured in the area, including a market area, bicycle repair station, misting area and more!
June 2016 – Community Invited to Celebrate FAMU Way Milestone
Ten months after opening the first portion of FAMU Way and the Capital Cascades Trail, officials from the City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government and Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency are coming together once again to celebrate the latest milestone in this multi-year project.
This Friday, June 10, at 10 a.m., officials will host a grand opening ceremony on FAMU Way between Wahnish Way and Pinellas Street, adjacent to Railroad Square Art Park, which is located at 602 McDonnell Drive. The grand opening ceremony will mark the official opening of the extended roadway and trail.
During the grand opening event, community members will get the opportunity to experience, explore and enjoy the unique amenities located along the newly completed portion of FAMU Way and the Capital Cascades Trail. Some of those amenities include a playground, market area, bicycle repair station and more. Community members will even be able to cool down with the area’s new misting stations.
April 2016 – Approved stormwater concept and roadway alignment is approved.
Following the community meeting held in January, the proposed stormwater concept for the area between Gamble Street and Lake Bradford Road was presented and approved at the Intergovernmental Agency (IA) meeting on Monday, Feb. 29. The proposed roadway alignment was presented and approved at the City Commission Meeting on April 13, 2016
January 2016 - A community meeting was held to discuss future phases of the project.
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, a community meeting was held at the Smith-Williams Service Center. During the meeting, City and Blueprint staff provided an update on construction for the FAMU Way extension and Capital Cascades Trail projects. The presentation included an overview of the amenities currently under construction between Wahnish Way and Pinellas Street, and the walking trail and porch swing amenities planned for Coal Chute Pond. A concept for Skateable Public Art as a recreation amenity was also proposed for the area near Coal Chute Pond.
In addition, a design concept for how the area’s history may be displayed along the corridor was also presented. For more information about the efforts to recognize the history of the area and to see the proposed design concept, please visit FAMU Way history page.
Proposed roadway and stormwater concepts for the area between Gamble Street and Lake Bradford Road were also shared with meeting attendees, which included a roadway alignment that follows the existing Gamble Street and another that would make a wider loop and include a stormwater facility.
Attendees provided feedback to staff about the information discussed at the meeting by completing a brief survey (view results).
For additional information or to provide comments on topics discussed at the community meeting, please email FAMUWay@talgov.com.
The proposed stormwater concept for the area between Gamble Street and Lake Bradford Road will be presented for approval at the Intergovernmental Agency (IA) meeting on Monday, Feb. 29. The proposed roadway alignment will be presented for approval at the City Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 23.
October 2015 – The first portion of FAMU Way & Capital Cascades Trail Segment 3 is complete!
On October 15, the City of Tallahassee and Blueprint 2000 celebrated the official opening of the first portion of this milestone project. The new roadway, from the Bronough Street overpass to Wahnish Way is now open to traffic, as well as the associated segment of the Capital Cascades Trail. Residents can now enjoy the many amenities and enhancements along FAMU Way, from the beautifully landscaped pond and terraced seating near the overpasses, to on street parking, wide sidewalks and the uniquely designed roundabouts at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Wahnish Way.
Click on the image above to see the full Phase One map as a PDF
Construction for phase 1 of the FAMU Way Extension began in April 2014 and consists of reconstruction of the existing roadway beginning at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and will extend FAMU Way to Pinellas Street, which is expected to be completed by 2016.
FAMU Way & Capital Cascades Trail Community Celebration Grand Opening
Join us to celebrate the partnership with residents and Florida A&M University to create "the most beautiful roadway" and the associated sales tax-funded park. Come see first-hand how that vision has been realized along the first portion of this milestone project.
Thursday, October 15
Grand Opening Ceremony / 10 - 11 am
Community Celebration / 6 - 8 pm
September 2015 - From Tuesday, Sept. 22 to Thursday, Oct. 15, the portion of Wahnish Way between FAMU Way and Eugenia Street will be closed to allow the new roundabout at the FAMU Way and Wahnish Way intersection to be completed and connected to the existing roadway.
For local traffic on Wahnish Way traveling to and from FAMU campus, a detour route will direct motorists down the newly constructed improvements on FAMU way, allowing traffic to experience a portion of the milestone project designed to be "the most beautiful roadway in Tallahassee."
Motorists who typically use Wahnish Way to travel between Orange Avenue and Gaines Street are advised to use Adams Street during this time.
Construction Update - August 2015
Crew are moving right along to create the new roundabout at the FAMU Way and Wahnish Way intersection, including a unique design of colored concrete and plenty of landscaping.
Aerial View of Construction Activity – Summer 2015
Construction continues westward to extend FAMU Way to Pinellas St as phase one of the project. Crews continue building the new roundabout at Wahnish Way. Once the roundabout is completed, the first segment of the new FAMU Way, from Martin Luther King Jr Blvd to Wahnish Way will be open to traffic, which is anticipated to be in October.
Construction Update - Spring 2015
Near the Bronough Street overpass and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd intersection, work continues to complete enhancements to the existing portion of FAMU Way. In addition, crews are constructing the terraced seating at the 5 acre stormwater pond near Van Buren Street.
Phase 1 Construction Moves Westward - January 2015
Construction crews are working west of Wahnish Way, near the old Shaker Heights Apartments to Pinellas Street to clear the area and to install the stormwater pipes that will replace the large ditch. Next will be sidewalks, a kids play area and more!
Phase 1 Construction activity – September/October 2014
With the underground work complete for this portion of FAMU Way, crews began working above ground to build the curb for what will ultimately be a beautiful new roundabout at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and FAMU Way.
Florida A&M University sign relocation – August 2014
Lots of special care was taken when this well-known Florida A&M University sign was recently relocated to its new home at the corner of the Gamble and Perry St intersection.
Phase 1 Construction activity – June/July 2014
Check out the next few photos to see how crews are excavating the large stormwater pond near the MLK intersection and also making their way west with the large box culvert that will carry stormwater underground along the new FAMU Way.
FAMU Way Groundbreaking Ceremony - March 31, 2014
This special event was held to kick off construction on the first phase of the FAMU Way Extension Project. City officials and dignitaries were joined by nearly 200 members of the community including area residents, children and FAMU leadership and staff to celebrate the start of this milestone project.
Blueprint 2000's Capital Cascades Trail Project (Segment 3) – February 2014
Blueprint 2000 began construction on the Capital Cascades Trail (Segment 3) project in late February 2013. Work is underway to install the box culvert that will replace the ditch currently running alongside the roadway, in addition to construction on the five acre stormwater pond at Van Buren Street.
Public Meeting - January 16, 2013
The Citizens Advisory Council met on Wednesday, January 16, in City Hall to discuss the progress for FAMU Way. At the meeting, council members heard a presentation from Wood+Partners, Inc., a local firm that specializes in award-winning landscape architecture. Staff from Wood+Partners presented (10MB PDF) the group with the preliminary design themes for the FAMU Way extension. Those design themes, which were brought to the City by students for the Architecture department at Florida A&M University, included:
- elements of water;
- color, vibrancy and playfulness;
- history and heritage; and
- redevelopment and activity.
Oakland Avenue Renaming - September 25, 2012
On September 25, a citizen-championed vision was realized when the one-block section of Oakland Avenue located between South Monroe and South Adams streets officially became FAMU Way. Public Works crews with the City of Tallahassee installed the new signage less than one month after the City Commission voted to approve the street renaming. The decision came after Dr. Charles "C.U." Smith, retired Florida A&M University professor, civil rights activist and author, expressed the need to give FAMU Way a presence on a major city thoroughfare.
With the new street signs in place at South Monroe Street, FAMU Way will extend all the way to Lake Bradford Road when the extension project is complete in 2015. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.
Public Meeting - March 15, 2012
Public Meeting - May 25, 2011