St. Pete Moves Ahead with Improvements to MLK Street
Construction is expected to begin after the Labor Day weekend.
ST. PETERSBURG – The city of St. Petersburg is moving forward with the MLK Resurfacing and Reconfiguration project, the next project in the Complete Streets Plan.
The goal of the project is to improve road safety and mobility options along and across Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street N by reconfiguring the lanes and adding crosswalks. Design changes responsive to citizen concerns during an extensive public engagement process will be included. Construction is set to begin after the Labor Day weekend.
The work will include resurfacing work from 4th Avenue to 34th Avenue N, add bike lanes from 4th Avenue to 30th Avenue N, and add five enhanced pedestrian crosswalks. To accommodate bike lanes, one of five motor vehicle lanes will be re-purposed.
The final design is anticipated to result in moderate travel time increases for motorists while providing a higher level of comfort and safety for all roadway users including people walking, biking, driving and using transit.
“I am excited to move forward on this important project, which will improve the quality of life and safety of our residents while providing a positive economic impact to businesses along this corridor,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said. “I want to thank those who made their voices heard and look forward to continuing to transform St. Pete into a city of safer streets for all transportation modes.”
The resurfacing and reconfiguration plan is a part of the larger Complete Streets initiative that builds on St. Pete’s longstanding Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan and other safety initiatives, while also supporting Kriseman’s Health in All Policies administrative policy, as well as sustainability and resiliency efforts.
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