City of St. Augustine to host public presentation on King Street improvements project

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Florida Construction News staff writer

The City of St. Augustine will host a public meeting with Hanson Professional Services, Inc. and Marquis Latimer + Halback, Inc., to review design recommendations for the King Street Improvement Project.

The meeting will be held June 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Alcazar Room at City Hall, located at 75 King St. A brief presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The King Street Improvements project seeks to create a beautiful streetscape leading to the heart of the Nation’s Oldest City. The project goes from Malaga Street (west) to Charlotte Street (east) and includes a variety of mobility and beautification improvements to make this ‘The Best Mile in Florida’.

There are three primary factors to the design:

  • Livability
  • History
  • Beauty

Vehicular modifications are focused and “surgical” in nature with the intent of supporting smoother movement of vehicular traffic.

Traffic engineers have modeled two concepts to validate that traffic volume is maintained or even improved from today’s conditions.

Two design concepts will be presented:

  • Concept A, which has received more consistent support to date, improves the beauty of the street while defining the center turn lane in brick with mid-block pedestrian crossings carefully placed between intersections while maintaining current access atterns to easily access businesses and residences along the corridor.
  • Concept B shifts traffic lanes to the north and incorporates a transit-only lane for transit circulators, buses, carriages, trolleys, and trains.

Detailed information is available on the project website. Public comments will be accepted until July 5.

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