On Monday, March 11th, the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency will hold a public meeting to discuss Phase 1 of the Northeast Gateway project which constructs a four-lane Welaunee Boulevard from Fleischmann Road to Shamrock Road in Killearn Estates.
A review of project plans shows that Phase 2 of the Northeast Gateway will connect Shamrock to Mahan Drive. The road connecting from Shamrock to Mahan is projected to be four lanes.
Originally, planners proposed a four-lane road starting at Bannerman and Velda Dairy Road and ending at Shamrock Road and Centerville Road. See map below.
The purpose of the project was to alleviate traffic congestion on Thomasville Road. That proposal was voted down after community concerns were voiced.
However, it appears the plan to relieve Thomasville traffic through Killearn Estates is still in place.
Information on the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency website states that “Welaunee Boulevard and other region-serving roads may take pressure off the scenic and protected Miccosukee and Centerville canopy roads, and potentially avoid costs for upgrades at the Thomasville Road and U.S. 90 I-10 interchanges.”
This means more traffic on Shamrock. However, there is no mention of any traffic calming strategy for Shamrock – currently a two-lane residential road.
Components of the Northeast Gateway are listed below:
Phase 1 project elements include:
- Creates a regional road to support a new I-10 interchange
- Constructs four lane Welaunee Boulevard South (Fleischmann Road to I-10) and North ( I-10 to Shamrock Way)
- Extends two lane Shamrock Way (Centerville Road to Welaunee Boulevard)
- Creation of the 8.4 mile Welaunee Greenway, with a footbridge across I-10 to connect to the Miccosukee Greenway, creating a 17-mile trail loop
Phase 2 project elements include:
- Extends four lane Welaunee Boulevard North (Shamrock Way to Roberts Road)
- Extends two lane Shamrock Way (Welaunee Boulevard to Mahan Drive)
- Adds four additional trailheads on Miccosukee Greenway