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Posted on May 8, 2016
On May 16th, the members of the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) will get an update on the Thomasville Road Planning Study.
The purpose of the study is to evaluate additional highway capacity alternatives to relieve current and anticipated congestion along the Thomasville Road/Capital Circle Northeast corridor.
The update will include a discussion about a proposed four-lane road extending from Bannerman Road to Centerville Road, which would run through Killearn Estates.
FDOT’s consultant for the project, RS&H, has completed the “2040 Build Alternative Analysis” which indicates that two main options, if implemented, would meet the Level of Service requirements for the Thomasville Road corridor.
The first option includes increasing Thomasville Road to 8-lanes in the study area with additional roads added in the proposed Welaunee development.
The second option is the creation of a Killearn Corridor.
The Killearn Corridor, shown below with a thick blue line, is a proposed divided four-lane road that would began at Bannerman Road and Velda Dairy Road. The road would move south to Kerry Forrest and connect with Shannon Lakes.
The road would then move south to Shamrock Street West and then head to Killearney Way. Taking a right on Killearney Way, the four-lane road would proceed to Raymond Diehl and then merge with Olson Road and end at the intersection of Fleischman Road and Welaunee Boulevard.
TR attended a Killearn Homeowners Association meeting on May 5th when a presentation was made by the RS&H consultant about the Thomasville Road study. The presentation included a detailed discussion about the Killearn Corridor option.
The response from approximately 50 people who attended the meeting vacillated between shock and disbelief that a four-lane road could possibly run through Killearn Estates.
The residents were told two other possible options were ruled out based on input from the community and elected officials.
One of these options included a “fly-over” that would move traffic from south of the I-10 interchange on Thomasville Road to just north of the entrance to Killearn Estates. This option was not pursued due to the potential negative impact on businesses in the Market District area.
The second option, the widening of Meridian Road, was ruled out due to the “canopy road movement.”
Several residents asked if the ruled out options could be added back into the analysis. The consultant said it would be up to local officials.
TR has been told that the Killearn Estates Homeowners Association is in the process of letting all local officials know that they are opposed to the Killearn Corridor.
The CRTPA meeting is being held on Monday, May 16th at 1:00 pm in the City of Tallahassee Commission Chambers. Public comments will be accepted at the meeting.