Gaines Street Updates
Dec. 4, 2014
On December 3, 2014, the City, Leon County and Community Redevelopment Agency celebrated the final milestone of the Gaines Street project with the official lighting of Declaration. This steel and glass sculpture, located in the roundabout at Gaines and Woodward, was created by Master Craftsman Studio and is the exclamation mark on this comprehensive project.
This project began more than 20 years ago as an idea. To date, this has been the largest sense of place project, and it has raised the bar for how infrastructure improvements are addressed. Gaines Street truly is a destination for our entire community. Thank you for your ideas and input during the planning process and your patience throughout the years of construction. We hope you enjoy the results.
Sept. 4, 2014
Construction on the roundabout at Gaines Street and Woodward is substantially complete. The road reopened to two-way traffic on Friday, August 8, 2014. This fall, a sculptural piece of art will be installed in the center of the roundabout. It is being designed and constructed by the FSU Master Craftsman Studio.
August 6, 2014
Gaines Street's TGIF
Road Set to Reopen - Commuters, area residents and area business owners will soon be merry as they go 'round on Gaines Street. The segment between Lake Bradford Road/Stadium Drive and Railroad Avenue will reopen to traffic in time for the evening rush hour on Friday, August 8. (more).
August 4, 2014
During the week of August 4, 2014, the following work is being done, pending no weather delays.
- The final surfacing of the roadway will be done.
- Crews will be running power for and hanging lights.
- Stripes will be painted on the road.
July 28, 2014
During the week of July 28, 2014, the following work is being done, pending no weather delays.
- Asphalt will be laid on the remainder of the road.
- Crews will work on landscaping.
- Other work will occur, such as raising manholes and cleaning, to prepare the road for the final layer of asphalt, which should be laid next week.
July 21, 2014
During the week of July 21, 2014, the following work is being done.
- The foundation for the base of the art installation will be poured this week.
- Work on the limerock base work will continue.
- Minor asphalt work will continue as well.
July 14, 2014
During the week of July 14, 2014, the following work is being done.
- This week, crews expect to finish pouring sidewalk and installing cobblestone.
- Electric is pulling wires and installing street lights.
- The foundation for the base of the art installation should be built this week.
- If the rain holds off enough, asphalt work might begin on the west end of Gaines Street.
July 7, 2014
During the week of July 7, 2014, the following work is being done.
- Limerock continues to be placed in the roadway as prep for paving.
- Sidewalks, curbs & gutters continue to be poured. Sidewalks are expected to be completed this week.
- Cobblestone is being installed in the roundabout.
June 30, 2014
During the week of June 30, 2014, the following work is being done.
- Crews will be installing bases for street lights.
- Limerock will be placed in the roadway as prep for paving.
- Sidewalks, curbs & gutters continue to be poured.
June 23, 2014
During the week of June 23, 2014, the following work is being done.
- Work continues for curb and sidewalk installation
- Crews will be cutting the old road down to grade as prep work for repaving.
June 16, 2014
During the week of June 16, 2014, the following work is being done.
- Curbs and sidewalks are being poured.
- Construction of the small islands near the roundabout continues. Crews should be installing the cobblestone in the islands this week.
- Duct bank installation should be completed this week.
June 9, 2014
During the week of June 9, 2014, the following work is being done.
- Curbs are being poured.
- Construction of the small islands near the roundabout continues.
- Duct bank installation continues.
- The storm drain work is complete.
June 2, 2014
During the week of June 2, 2014, the following work is being done.
- The small islands that resemble the shape of a pork chop are being installed for the roundabout.
- Duct bank installation continues. The aim is to have all the electric ducts installed this week.
- One storm drain remains to be installed. This work will cause a temporary water outage, which impacted parties will be notified about directly.
May 26, 2014
During the week of May 26, 2014, the following work is being done.
- Duct bank installation continues on the north side of the road.
- Storm drain is still being installed. Work on the storm drain is expected to be completed this week.
May 19, 2014
During the week of May 19, 2014, the following work is being done.
- Demolition of the north side of the road will occur.
- Duct bank installation will begin on the north side of the road.
- Storm drain is still being installed.
- More sidewalk is being poured.
May 12, 2014
During the week of May 12, 2014, the following work is being done.
- Old asphalt will continue to be demolished.
- More sidewalk is being poured.
- The driveway for Master Craftsman Studio is being poured.
- Pipes for stormwater will begin being installed.
April 21, 2014
Beginning May 5, 2014, 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.
February 14, 2014
The intersection of Gaines Street, Stadium Drive and Lake Bradford Road is set to become more accessible for motorists. On Monday and Tuesday, a contractor will begin work to alter medians in the intersection. The work will open up north/south travel from Stadium Drive onto Lake Bradford Road (and vice versa) that is not currently available.
To safely accommodate construction on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 17-18, there will be lane closures in the area between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday's closures will include single lane shifts affecting eastbound and westbound traffic on Stadium Drive. Tuesday's closures will include a single lane shift affecting northbound traffic on Lake Bradford Road.
Following the work on the medians, crews will reconfigure lights and signal timing at the intersection. Once the signal work is complete, the new north/south pattern will be opened to traffic. This should occur by March 15.
This construction is part of preliminary work for Phase III of the Gaines Street project, which is slated to begin March 1. Phase III of the Gaines Street project includes the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Gaines Street and Woodward Avenue.
April 29, 2013
On April 25, Gaines Street reopened to two-way traffic between Railroad and Woodward avenues.
"No project in Tallahassee better demonstrates the success you can achieve when citizens, businesses and government work together," said Tallahassee Mayor John Marks. "When you see more than $128 million in new private development, the success of local existing businesses, not to mention a beautiful, safe and inviting roadway and enhanced parks, this project is a home run for our community."
The work along Gaines Street has been a multi-year, multi-discipline, multi-jurisdictional project. Funding came from a variety of sources including the City of Tallahassee, Leon County and the State of Florida.
While the vision continues to develop to create a vibrant urban corridor with public art displays, businesses and live/work spaces, infrastructure improvements will also continue. The final work on Gaines Street will involve installation of a roundabout at Gaines Street and Woodward Avenue. The City plans to request bids, award a contract and begin construction in the coming year.
October 17, 2012
The City of Tallahassee is pleased to announce the official Brownfields Coalition Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program kickoff meeting.
The City and the Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency received a Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grant (RLF) from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This grant allows us to loan funds at competitive rates to be used for the cleanup of environmental contamination. An RLF loan can be a key component of project financing, assisting with readying properties for redevelopment.
The City is hosting a kickoff workshop to explain the features and benefits of the RLF program. Please join us to learn more about what this could mean for you and your property.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 4 – 6 p.m. (brief presentation at 4:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Renaissance Center, 435 North Macomb Street, Leon County Conference Room, Second Floor
June 5, 2012
Today, Gaines Street experienced a huge change as the project transitioned to Phase 2 of Segment 2. The City of Tallahassee reopened Gaines Street to two-way traffic east of the Gaines Street / Railroad Avenue intersection.
Gaines Street remains a one-lane, one-way westbound road between Railroad Avenue and Woodward Avenue after this change. All traffic in this portion will now use the north lane. Traffic headed eastbound on Gaines Street will continue to be detoured at Woodward Avenue north to W. St. Augustine Street.
Businesses in the construction zone remain open. Access to all the businesses will be maintained to the greatest extent possible during construction.
May 25, 2012
This week, paving has been done on the north lane of Gaines Street. The road still needs striped before it can be used.
Additionally, a few more light poles need to be installed, and the electricity needs to be run to the new mast arms for the traffic lights. Once the new poles are hot, the old poles can be removed, and the remaining sidewalk pieces can be completed.
The cobblestones are in on the medians, but some grout work and finishing still needs done, as does some minor landscaping. A portion of the landscaping west of Railroad Avenue will be completed with Segment 2, as it requires an irrigation hook up from west of the current work zone.
Crews have completed work on the storm drain from Full Press eastward. Next week, crews will begin duct bank work from the current edge of project (on the south side of the road across from the hotel) back west toward Full Press. Storm drain work will also begin again headed west from near Full Press toward Stone Valley Way. As Segment 1 is wrapping up, you will begin seeing more work occur between Railroad Avenue and Stone Valley Way as we segue into Segment 2.
We anticipate being able to return traffic between Railroad Avenue and Macomb Street to two-way late next week, pending no unforeseen circumstances. We will send another update when that occurs.
Thank you for your continued interest in the Gaines Street Project.