LATEST INFORMATION (May 2017): FDOT construction of the improvements to N. Monroe Street near Lake Ella (Tharpe Street to Seventh Avenue) is complete. The installation of landscaping in the constructed medians is scheduled to be installed in June 2017.
The Monroe Street Access Management and Lake Ella Implementation Study was comprised of two components. The first component provided an initial, broad look at the Monroe Street corridor from John Knox Road (in the north) to just south of Magnolia Drive. Specifically, opportunities to improve access along the corridor, including the feasibility to install medians, was evaluated. The second phase of the study provided a more focused evaluation of the Lake Ella area of Monroe Street (Tharpe Street to Seventh Avenue). The study, developed for the CRTPA by RS&H, was guided by a project team consisting of corridor stakeholders and the CRTPA’s transportation partners.
Why Monroe Street?
Monroe Street (US 27) is a major north/south arterial passing through the heart of downtown Tallahassee. The project’s corridor, which focuses on the part of Monroe Street within the region without medians, contains a variety of commercial, business and governmental uses as well as Lake Ella and the soon to open Capital Cascades Park. In recent years, parts of the corridor have seen increasing redevelopment efforts including the refurbishing of existing buildings. Additionally, a number of initiatives have recently occurred focusing on enhancing the vitality of the corridor. The purpose of the Monroe Street Access Management and Lake Ella Implementation Study was to further the private and public efforts occurring along the corridor by looking at opportunities to make the corridor safer for all users and provide opportunities to make it more attractive.
What is Access Management?
Pursuant to the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) ,”Access management (AM) is the proactive management of vehicular access points to land parcels adjacent to all manner of roadways. Good access management promotes safe and efficient use of the transportation network. AM encompasses a set of techniques that state and local governments can use to control access to highways, major arterials, and other roadways. These techniques include:
- Access Spacing: increasing the distance between traffic signals improves the flow of traffic on major arterials, reduces congestion, and improves air quality for heavily traveled corridors.
- Driveway Spacing: Fewer driveways spaced further apart allows for more orderly merging of traffic and presents fewer challenges to drivers.
- Safe Turning Lanes: dedicated left- and right-turn, indirect left-turns and U-turns, and roundabouts keep through-traffic flowing. Roundabouts represent an opportunity to reduce an intersection with many conflict points or a severe crash history (T-bone crashes) to one that operates with fewer conflict points and less severe crashes (sideswipes) if they occur.
- Median Treatments: two-way left-turn lanes (TWLTL) and nontraversible, raised medians are examples of some of the most effective means to regulate access and reduce crashes.
- Right-of-Way Management (R/W): as it pertains to R/W reservation for future widenings, good sight distance, access location, and other access-related issues.”
Medians and pedestrian islands improve safety for both pedestrians and vehicles. Learn more…
Safe, Attractive Corridors Are Good For Business
Safe, well managed and attractive corridors are economically vibrant. The following provide links to information developed by the FHWA related to access management:
- “Safe Access is Good for Business” – FHWA website
- “Safe Acess is Good for Business” – PDF document
- “Safe Access is Good for Business” – YouTube video (9 minutes)
What's Been Our Local Experience?
Residents of the Tallahassee area may recall Apalachee Parkway (from Blair Stone Road to Capital Circle) prior to the installation of medians in 2002. The medians were installed to improve the corridor’s safety by replacing the roadway’s two-way center left turn lane. Subsequent to the installation of medians, the corridor saw a three-year crash rate reduction of forty-eight percent (48%) and left-turn crash rate reduction of eighty-two percent (82%), as identified in a study performed for the Safety Office of the Florida Department of Transportation dated November 10, 2011. Review the study…
- CRTPA Board Project Kickoff (January 23, 2012): Agenda Item | Presentation
- Public Meeting #1 (March 6, 2012): Presentation | Meeting Comments Summary
- Small Group Meetings (May 16 & 17, 2012): N. Monroe/Lake Ella Presentation | S. Monroe Presentation
- CRTPA Board Meeting Project Update (May 21, 2012): Presentation
- Public Meeting #2 (June 28, 2012): Presentation
- CRTPA Board approves Traffic Signal Warrant Study at Lake Ella (September 24, 2012): Agenda Item
- Public Meeting #3 (November 28, 2012): Presentation | Conceptual Access Management Plan
- CRTPA Board Meeting Monroe Action Plan Approval: Presentation
- CRTPA Board Meeting Lake Ella Study Approval (March 25, 2013): Presentation | Board Action (see Item 5 B)
How Can I Get Involved?
A key aspect of the study involved the receipt of community input. Such input was solicited from affected property owners, tenants and users of the Monroe Street corridor. This input included conducting three (3) public meetings throughout the duration of the project. The first public meeting occurred on March 6, 2012 and the second public meeting was held on June 28, 2012. The most recent and final public meeting occurred on November 28, 2012. The study is now complete.
The Monroe Street Access and Lake Ella Access Implementation Study is complete. The next phases of the study involved the design and construction of the proposed medians near Lake Ella (from Tharpe Street to Seventh Avenue). These phases of the project were managed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
An update on the project’s design was provided by the FDOT at the November 18, 2013 CRTPA Board Meeting.
Lake Ella/Monroe Street Median Public Hearing was held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 (5:30 pm to 6:30 pm), Tallahassee City Hall
For more information, contact Greg Burke with the CRTPA (891-8626) (firstname.lastname@example.org).